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May 3, 2019

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

Theater to spread awareness regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights and gender empowerment

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Abstract Title: “Theater to spread awareness regarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights and gender empowerment” Background Punjab is considered as the most developed province of Pakistan and has the best health and education facilities as compare to the other provinces of Pakistan but still there are more than 40% (from total population) is illiterate and more than 66% live in rural or backward areas where they do not have access to health facilities as well as education facilities and today (in 21st century) many families still don’t bother going to the doctor or carrying their females to the doctor when they get pregnant or having health issue because of their norms, cultures and traditions, they consider HIV/AIDS as a taboo and don’t talk about such issues. Method The program aims to spread awareness among young people living in rural areas about HIV/AIDS Prevention and their Sexuality Rights through Street-Theatre. The methodology used; Conducting pre-performances sessions to brainstorm and to create a comfortable and conducive environment with the local people to change their Attitude, Perception and mind set regarding Sexuality and HIV/AIDS. Conducted theatre performances on HIV/AIDS prevention and Sexual reproductive health and rights. Results 1) More than 4000 young people were directly educated and given the right education about HIV/AIDS prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights through using theater as an amazing and effective tool. 2) Through our direct beneficiaries we are still approaching in-direct beneficiaries along with the proper education of HIV/AIDS prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. 3) This was quite an effective campaign and some educational institutes and other people supported the cause. We are looking forward to initiate more campaigns Conclusions Theater in such communities proved to be the most effective tool, because through theater most sensitive issue can be addressed and understood in an organized way, everyone not only enjoyed but understood the issues, they agreed to disagree with the concepts they were living with. A lot of people showed great interest and requested to organize more theater performances to educate more people.

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