Issue No. 334, May 2017
Shining a light on women's health and safety issues
Auroville recently conducted its first women's health survey. Lesley spoke to the survey's convener, Paula, about the findings. The inaugural Auroville Women’s Health Survey aimed to capture a snapshot of the health of Auroville women in the areas of puberty, sexual health, maternity and personal safety. Led by Paula, a nurse-midwife at Santé and a women’s health nurse practitioner with 30 years experience, the exploratory research aimed to better understand aspects of women’s lives in Auroville and to gain a more precise understanding of her field. “I wanted to shine a light on areas of life that are taboo for some women and cultures, specifically menstruation, sexual health, maternity and personal safety,” says Paula, emphasing that these are the areas in which she is qualified to provide services and advice, and where she would like to make changes. “These subjects are shrouded in mystery, ignorance, and unspoken codes of cond...