Breast Cancer Awareness
PK-trained leaders get information out into the community and confidently address taboos that might prevent women from seeking tests and treatment for sexual health issues, breast cancer, postpartum depression, and more. Working with women, health care professionals, NGOs, and academic institutions, these programs get women accurate information about reproductive health care, community resources for a wide range of health concerns, and access to tests and treatments. Groups provide support and community for women going through differed health and mental health crises. The goal of PK advocacy programs in this area is to remove the taboos so deeply ingrained in Russian and Ukrainian society, around women’s bodies and health.
In 2018-2019 activists from 73 Jewish communities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova worked on a wide variety of women’s health initiatives this year, conducting more than 350 activities that engaged 34,000 people directly and 1,000,000 indirectly through mass media, social media and public campaigns. More than half of PK health activities in the region worked to raise awareness about breast cancer. In partnership with Hromadske Radio and the Grand Canadian Challenge, PK has been implementing the “Truth about Women’s Health” a Ukrainian-wide podcast to educate women in Ukraine. To support this programming, PKU then kicked off complementary programming in 10 cities in Ukraine. PK implemented “Women’s Health – Right to Choice”, in 10 cities in Russia. Both projects aim to provide women of all age groups - youth and adults - with truthful and unbiased information on their health: physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive.