This project is to raise the final funding needed to print and distribute 1,000 copies of Hesperian's "Where Women Have No Doctor" in Tamil. This book will empower health workers and other educated women in Tamilnadu with current health information to treat and prevent common health problems experienced by women, especially in remote areas. Adaiyaalam, a non-profit publishing group established in 1998, focuses on women, the down-trodden, the environment and rural health issues.
Tamil women are shy and not very forthcoming with their health problems. Our community has a patriarchal mindset and women are looked down upon. Speaking about intimate health issues by women is taboo and women have no say in their reproductive choices. Female infanticide and foeticide are rampant in various parts of Tamilnadu. Women prefers to have women doctors but there are very few of them especially in rural areas. Most care comes from village health workers.
Hesperian's "Where Women Have No Doctor" in Tamil will empower health workers and other educated women with current health information. Books will be distributed through NGO networks, door to door campaigns in rural and urban areas, book fairs, libraries and through women self help groups. 1,000 books will be printed at a cost of $4.80 each.
1) Empowering Tamil women with health knowledge. 2) Educating Tami women about their right to control their bodies. 3) A healthier future for women and girls.