Rosalie advocated for female volunteers and Community Health Worker women to be allowed to participate in training and supervisory visits with their children to encourage them to participate. One of the strengths of the CBHFA approach that Rosalie is particularly proud of is the gradual change in the way that women are being viewed within the project’s target communities. This is a success for all the training programs organized within the Maternal Newborn and Children’s Health project in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross; men in the communities where she works are no longer reluctant to let their wives volunteer with the Red Cross.
Rosalie uses her status as a woman as a way to break down the barriers that stigmatize women. In her view, women are gaining increasing power to make decisions about their health, their children’s health, and their relationships.
“The women of Castiglione nursed and soothed the wounded soldiers, ut when the Red Cross was born, no women were in attendance. Today women are still nursing the wounded... But are they in on the decision making?”