The mission of Grupo Transas do Corpo is to develop strategies for reducing gender inequalities through educational, cultural, and research activities inspired by the feminist principles of equality, plurality, and solidarity. IWHC has supported Transas since 1993.
- Research on Contraceptive Practices in the Município of Goiânia:
This survey is aimed at collecting data on the methods of contraception used by women who have resided in Goiânia throughout their lives. It covers the age bracket of 15 to 49. The results will be published in the Caderno Saúde Integral da Mulher (Women’s Comprehensive Health Journal).
- Feminist Training:
The project’s activities are aimed at strengthening the feminist identities of feminist leaders in Goiânia and the surrounding area, in order to help build more consistent and efficient skills and arguments in favor of women, providing the impetus for a more coordinated, stronger, and more politically organized feminist movement. The purpose is to give continuity to our training initiatives. There are two activities that make up this project: 1. The Task Force: In 2006, the Transas Task Force, which previously had been restricted to the in-house team, was opened up to participation by students in Goiânia. The main topics addressed are gender and sexuality. 2. Feminist training for university women: ‘Our Own Words’ is a course offered in July during the university break which provides training for the discussion of gender, feminism, sexuality, health, sexual and reproductive rights, literacy, public policy, discursive technologies, and self-care.
- Grupo de Informação e Ação em Sexualidade (Gias, or Sexuality Information and Action Group):
Transas do Corpo’s Sexuality Information and Action Group (Gias) is made up of adolescents who participated in the Transas Adolescentes project on non-sexist sexual education. Participants take part in biweekly workshops at Grupo Transas do Corpo’s headquarters, where they discuss issues related to sexual and reproductive rights, health, violence, access to knowledge, etc. and learn to use the Study and Information Center (CEI) as a research venue.
- Increased Monitoring of Public Policies and Resource Management: This project was developed in 2003. It organized and systematized a databank with official information for the município of Goiânia (DATASUS), covering data on the different areas of comprehensive women’s healthcare, namely: STDs/AIDS, gynecological care, delivery, births, prenatal care, maternal and overall mortality, morbidity, and hospital admissions. The monitoring comprised an analytical process that made it possible to record, compile, measure, process, and analyze this data series.
To learn more about Transas, visit their website (in Portuguese) or join their group on Orkut.