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Community research on older women in the Dominican Republic.

Authors
  • Cheetham, J
  • Alba, W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2000
Volume
8
Issue
2
Pages
66–73
Identifiers
PMID: 12296153
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This article looks at action research into the interests and needs of older women in 11 urban communities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Since 1993, Aquelarre has been working in Santo Domingo with the goal of ending child abuse and violence against women in the home, promote good health among women, and the well-being of older women. In order to achieve these goals, an action research was conducted. Individual interviews with 70 older women, focus group sessions with 120 women, and interviews with key community members were carried out to elicit information on older women's interest and needs. The research was able to identify the major concerns among women, which are health, economic issues, education and family. Practical solutions to these problems were then developed. Throughout the research, it was noted that there was a tendency for participants to focus on the needs of their loved ones, rather than their own needs and problems.

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