The Our Bodies Ourselves Global Initiative (OBOGI) delivers evidence-based, culturally appropriate information on health, sexuality and reproduction to girls and women all over the world by collaborating with women’s organizations that take on translating and adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for their own communities. (See map and country list above for the full list of OBOS’s Global Network Partners.)
As of Summer 2015, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has been adapted into 30 languages. Most of these adaptations are published in book form. Some groups produce online content and mobile apps, while others convert health content into posters and other formats that can be shared easily in public spaces.
Individual country/project pages include information on how to obtain copies. Online excerpts are available in nine languages, with two more on the way in July 2015.
The most recent project was completed in 2015: the Institute for Social Development Studies in Vietnam developed booklets based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for healthcare providers across the country. The newest project underway is in Farsi. The Roshan Institute for Persian Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland are translating and adapting sections of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for Farsi-speaking women and girls in Iran and around the world.
Through their publications and outreach, OBOS’s Global Network Partners reach millions of people with information on sexual and reproductive health and human rights, as well as the skills to translate this information into action. They also engage powerbrokers — from men and family matriarchs, to religious leaders and government policymakers — to improve health services and health outcomes.