for Police Officers and Professionals
Gender, Body and Nursing
Medical Knowledge, Body and Society
Cepia, in partnership with the Rio
de Janeiro Special Subcommittee on Women's Public Safety and Citizenship
and Public Safety Institute has offered, the course 'Training
for Police Officers and Professionals Responsible for Assisting
Women Who are Victims of Violence'. The course addresses issues
of domestic and sexual violence and seeks to improve the skills
of these professionals in assisting women who are victims of violence.
The course took place at the Rio
de Janeiro State Civil Police Academy and in CEDIM (State Women's
Right Counsel) and was intended for police officers, health professionals
and workers from the Safety Office. Leila Linhares Barsted is
the general coordinator of the course, while Cecília Soares
Teixeira and Telma Rosenail are the local coordinator.
The course allowed an articulation
between the public safety and health fields, especially among
the services responsible for attending women victim of sexual
violence. Professors from various fields, but especially law and
health professionals, participated in the course.
In the year 2000 Cepia will offer
this course to police officers working in the project 'Delegacia
Legal', developed by the Public Safety Office of Rio de Janeiro.
Cepia has also produced in partnership with Cedim an updated version
of the booklet 'Violence Against Women - a guide for guidance and
support' which contains helpful addresses for women and professionals
and will be distributed in the course along with other material.
In the year 2002, Cepia and the State
Women’s Right Office – CEDIM will be monitoring the
process of capacity building of police officers of the north and
northeast DEAM, which will use the methodology developed by Cepia.
The first classes of the course
Gender, Body and Nursing took place from March 10th to June
9th of 1999 at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).
This course was the result of a partnership between Cepia and
This course was coordinated by
Jacqueline Pitanguy,Cepia director and sociologist, by Ruth
Mesquita, nurse and Cepia assistant, and by the nurses and professors
of the Maternal-Infant Department of the Jane Progianti school.
The lectures were a multidisciplinary group that
includeed from anthropologists to lawyers.
The course was divided into
three units, each with 30 hours. The first unit presented
the topics: profisionalization of nurses, developing nursing
schools and nursing and globalization - perspectives for the
21st century. Ethics, bio-ethics and human rights are the topics
of the second unit. The third unit discusses sexuality, gender
and power, reproductive health public policies, and social
movements. At the end of each unit the students attend course
Since 1996 Cepia in partnership
with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Medical School
has been offering the course 'Medical Knowledge, Body and Society'.
With lectures invited from other higher education institutions,
nonacademic entities and NGOs, the course discusses the role of
social class, gender, race, political power and citizenship in
the acquisition of knowledge in medicine.
'Medical Knowledge, Body and Society'
is coordinated by Cepia Director Jacqueline Pitanguy and by the
associate professor of the Psychiatry and Legal Medicine department
at UFRJ, Alicia Navarro.
This course was able to conciliate
the desire of the Medical School Faculty to make its curriculum
more diverse and Cepia's desire to engage health professionals
so as to sensitize them about issues of gender. Initially offered
as an extension of the curriculum the course is today part of
the elective disciplines. It is composed of four units: scientific
method; the make up of medical knowledge; medicine, society and
body; and sexuality and medical knowledge. Each unit has three
to four classes and a seminar for reflection about the unit and