Redefining "The Girl Next Door"


Empowerment Through Employment
Redefining "The Girl Next Door"

Saturday, April 19th, 2008,  4:30pm - 7:00pm

Society for Health Promotion Links
Dr. Halida Akhter
Participating Artists:
Farhana Akhter, C Bangs, Janet Cristenfeld, Nadiya Jinnah, Maryann Sussoni

Music by:
Joshua Geisler
Artists pledge 10% of artwork sales will benefit Society for Health Promotion Links
Creative Pier Gallery
833 Broadway, 3rd Floor, @ 13th St.
New York, NY 10003
Society for Health Promotion Links (SHPL) in Bangladesh has developed a revolutionary course for Bangladeshi women to gain training and skills needed to be self-sufficient women's health care providers.  This course trains Bangladeshi rural women to fulfill the United Nations recommendations for reducing mother and child health risks: The Community Maternity Practitioner course.

The Community Maternity Practitioner program empowers women through self-employment as a health care provider which benefits the rural communities.  CMP's can practice in their home villages through rural-level private practices, or provide care jointly with the village doctors.  CMP's may also employ their communities junior CMP's  in their practice.  These approaches enable women to earn a living and maintain acceptable living standards.

Dr. Halida Akhter
of Bangladesh is the Founder and Chairperson of Society for Health Promotion Links (SHPL). She received the 2006 United Nations Population Award for her outstanding work in population and in improving  the health and welfare of individuals.  She is internationally recognized for her work dedicated to betterment of women's health and welfare.

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