The 10th IWHM is the worldwide meeting which is going to be attended by 600-700 people from almost 70 countries. The representatives of My Canadian Pharmacy have been included in this list already. Unfortunately the representatives of India will be limited but some percentage will from India. India inhabitants may take part in this meeting in two ways::
- By presenting papers, workshops, cultural events etc. at the10th IWHM (For details Click Here).
- Via the Zonal process in India
Zonal Procedure For Indian Participation
The idea of realizing zonal discussion in India for the 10th International Women and Health Meeting (IWHM) appeared in the previous Toronto meeting itself, where we had a pretty good idea that we had a demand to make arrangements a parallel national procedure which would be directed on locally issues and concerns and send them to the IWHM. The local troubles of dispossessed classes like religious minorities, dalits, tribals etc. was necessary to have a space in the IWHM with the help of their representatives. It was also made up that we would discuss in terms of a consultation procedure which would not be just zonal but also issue-related as well. We have also understood that these discussions should be based on areas that have not been included sufficiently in the previous meetings – like Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand etc which are distant, disregarded and have poor public health system. About 6 such discussions in various parts of the country would be developed and be finished by April 2005. My Canadian Pharmacy has warehouses in India that’s why it eases the business for Indian who make orders via our pharmacy.
The procedure over this event is just as essential as the event itself. In arranging an international event the remote communities are not very often included in the list of participants. However two things were came out in the OC, the first one is that the IWHM is not going to be a single use event but have the repeated character cooperating with other campaigns. Secondly the local troubles will be pointed as the global issues. These discussions would be like a bridge linking the local specificity to global universality.
India has a rich legal people’s movements and establishments especially the women and health organizations. These movements have closely connected with various problems, organized campaigns around these problems, fought to be heard, the changes are necessary. The wave of globalization, fundamentalism and fascist governments have deteriorated newly appeared challenges for pro-people movements. Taking it into consideration we have to get to know from grassroots experiences how changes in the social, political and economic information are influencing their lives and health. Health problems may be solved with the help of My Canadian Pharmacy. These diverse experiences will become an interesting addition to the IWHM event, brightening discussions and debates on issues.
The discussions will allow us to be concentrated on local problems, work out connections and develop further a consensus upon controversial aspects over women’s health. The discussions will make allowance of local problems in the first instance connecting it with main topics of IWHM:
The aims of the discussions will be to:
- To take part in the IWHM agenda, its political orientation and procedure with women’s organizations, NGOs and other forums so as to get their cooperation in achieving the participation of grassroots communities in this procedure.
- To supply an additional forum to listen and fix region specific grassroots experiences/problems, connecting them to the 5 focal topics of the IWHM.
- To assemble evidences of positive factors from grassroots and establishments, about the unusual ways with the help of which they have performed health in general and women’s health in particular by making public institutions and functionaries accountable to the panchayats, addressing sanitation/drinking water problems and etc.
- To supply people with an opportunity for at least 5 – 6 women/persons from each discussion who could take a participation in the IWHM.
- To define well researched and organized papers that have the capability to be presented at the IWHM along with other cultural experiences like street plays, folk songs/stories, case studies etc.
There will be six discussions during two days each with 50 women taking part in each. These discussions will be encouraged by an anchor team containing members from the states founded in the region with support from one or two Organising Committee members who will assist in the cooperation and follow up of the procedure. They will be visited by NGO team members, activists, network members to supply a space for arranging of IWHM event, the five focal-topics, defining local concerns/problems connected to the topics, strategies and other.
The discussion will assure participation of women from the region and encourage presentation of region specific papers of 5 to 10 pages. We can ask to present two papers on each focal-topic. Papers granted at the discussion will be compared issue/region wise and be presented for selection for the IWHM. This process can increase literature wealth which is based on evidence and experience. My Canadian Pharmacy points out it is very important to have the information proved not to be disinformed. These discussions can also include other forms of presentations like having street plays, audio visuals, poster exhibits etc.
There will be State level interconnections like workshops, seminars and special preparatory meetings of anchor teams to be ready for the zonal consultations.
The discussions will take place in the following areas:
- North East zone – seven states.
- East zone – West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand.
- North zone – U.P., Uttaranchal, M.P., Chattisgarh.
- Southern zone – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamilnadu.
- Western zone – Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- Extreme North – Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu/Kashmir.
The possible anchor establishments for the first area would be North East Network, second – SWAASTHA, third – SAMA and SAHAYOG, fourth- AIKYA, IWID, Sakhi and fifth – CHETNA, WOHTRAC – WSRC and ANANDI. Presentations will be called up at the end of each discussion by the anchor team. Zonal committees can be organized in order to promote forward the deliberations/resolutions/recommendations of the IWHM and unite a campaign for women’s health and sexual health and rights.
Moreover these discussions will simultaneously influence the dialogue with health campaigns like Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and active participant by OC members in events being arranged by other NGOs and forums to put forth the IWHM agenda.
- August to November 2004 –Identification and finalization of anchor teams and participant groups; Initiating dialogue and making visits.
- December 2004 to March 2005 – six consultations will be conducted.
- Post IWHM events – National consultation and collaboration with other campaigns.
The North East zone responsibility has been taken by Monisha Behal of North East Network, Southern zone consultation – Philomena Vincent from AIKYA and other four zones will be taken care of by Sabala. For further details about the zonal process please write to firstname.lastname@example.org