On the 28th of February 2014 LebMASH organised a session on sexual health with a support group of female victims of domestic violence at KAFA.
The session was held by Dr. Sally Khoury, a gynecology senior resident at AUB-MC, and it consisted of a Q&A on different topics on sexual health. The interest of the women from the support group in this topic and their need to know more about their own sexual health proves that something is lacking in awareness on women’s sexual health.
Even though many initiatives to educate women more on sexual health were taken, women still lack basic information on their own sexual health. They also fear visiting the gynecologist and discussing anything related to sexual health. This is undeniably due to the taboo and the social stigma that is associated with sexual health and with women’s sexual health in particular. In Lebanon and in other Arab countries, the discussion of women’s sexual activity, pleasure or even sexual health is not considered morally appropriate.
One of LebMASH’s main activities is to spread awareness among groups that face discrimination, for instance sexually active women and victims of rape. Furthermore, we know that an important step is to make gynecologists, physicians or even health care professionals in general more aware on how to help their patients feel more comfortable whilst talking about their sexuality and when addressing their sexual health.
Finally, we would like to thank Dr. Khoury for her efforts and KAFA for the opportunity to collaborate and we enthusiastically hope to work together on many more projects in the future.
LebMASH’s Vice President – Omar Harfouch