Currently in development, Lada’at’s community department has two primary goals: building Lada’at communities, online and offline, and focusing on groups we see as critical to reach but who are currently underserved by our activities for a myriad of reasons – and developing ways to reach them.
Our offline community is currently made up of Lada’at staff, workshop facilitators and volunteers, and we plan to expand our community via collaboration with like-minded groups and organizations who share our goals and beliefs. The Lada’at community marched together in the Jerusalem Pride Parade and in the Jerusalem SlutWalk in June 2022. Online, we hold community events on topics such as what to expect from an OB-GYN visit and where gender meets medicine, often in collaboration with other communities and organizations.
The other facet of community work is identifying groups in the community that are underserved by Lada’at services and developing ways to reach them. Recently, we began facilitating workshops for participants in gap-year, national service and pre-army programs – young people aged 18-20. Other groups include:
- Parents of young children who are interested in learning how to talk with their children about their bodies and interpersonal relationships in age-appropriate ways that will create a basis for healthy sexuality
- University students/young people in their early 20s, based on the knowledge that this age group includes many who engage in unprotected (or not protected enough) sexual activity with one or multiple partners
- Women’s healthcare workers, who require training in areas beyond what is currently taught as part of traditional medical training, such as developing a sensitive bedside manner and atmosphere in the gynecological setting, the importance of ensuring that women know all of their options, diagnosing conditions that cause pain in sexual intercourse, and providing a welcoming environment for trans women
- Young women and teens of Ethiopian origin, a significant amount of whom live in difficult home environments without a sufficient amount of parental support and supervision, leading to a worrying level of at-risk behavior among them, including sexual behavior
- Young activists who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge and serving as ambassadors for healthy sexuality in the community-at-large
Interested in bringing Lada’at workshops to your community? Please feel free to contact us.