The following seminar series held at Sussex University and open to everyone including non students, may be of interest. Next Tuesday’s seminar looks particulalrly interesting given some of the things we were discussing on Tuesday regarding sex education and access to positive reproductive health services.
The full programme of seminars can be found here – Ngender Timetable 2012
Ngender Postgraduate Seminars in Gender Studies
The seminars will take place in Silverstone 317 every Tuesday at 1pm.
The programme is once again really interesting and varied this year so I do hope you can make it along to all or some of the seminars. Please publicise this widely!
See you for the first seminar next week, details below.
Week 2 (Tues 17th Jan)
Maria Olivella Quintana
IDS, University of Sussex
Social Groups and Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: a comparison between the cities of Barcelona and Lleida (Spain)
Chair: Aristea Fotopoulou
In 2004, the Department of Health of the Government of Catalunya in Spain started implementing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (PASSIR) in all primary health services of the region. This new program incorporates a new model of health care in sexuality and reproduction, thus making a shift from a maternity and family planning focus to a more comprehensive approach to sexuality and reproductive issues.
The research I am presenting evaluates the accessibility of this program in two different cities of Catalunya, Barcelona, and the rural
city of Lleida. The main findings of the research suggest that although a shift has been done at the policy level, the main users of
this program are still women of reproductive age. This means that it
is still perceived as a maternity and family planning service. On the
other side, there are a lot of NGOs providing sexual and reproductive health services to social groups that are not women of a reproductive age, which implies that these groups can’t find what they need in this program. Based on these findings, the research analyzes the causes of this situation and outlines a list of recommendations in order to improve the accessibility of these services. The investigation doesn’t provide evidence of high difference between the accessibility levels in Barcelona and Lleida besides being very different territorial contexts.
The investigation has been carried out for a period of 11 months
between January and November 2011. The information has been obtained through qualitative analysis of interviews to staff members of the Barcelona and Lleida PASSIR and to NGO staff.
My name is Maria Olivella Quintana and I come from Barcelona, Spain.
I’ve studied a BA in Political Science and a MA in International
Relations and Development both in Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. I started a PhD in Antropology in Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain, but I have stopped it for studying a MA in Gender and Development at IDS-University of Sussex. The research I am presenting is the result of one year of Phd Research that has been funded by the government of Catalunya.
Besides academia I’ve also been working in fundraising, awareness and advocacy for diverse Spanish NGO, most of them linked with gender and sexual and reproductive health, and with some public administrations.
I’ve also participated for many years in autonomous feminist movements in Barcelona, Italy and US.