After watching evidence videos (like LifeWrap video
and Reproductive Rights in the Philippines
among others) and reading posts (like Yumna's on Dr. Suellen Miller
), a group of us decided to join together to take action.
This space will serve as a place for those of us interested in women's health: reproductive health, maternal health, and human rights.
We want to make a difference in the lives of women around the world. Feel free to join us as we brainstorm, organize
our ideas, and mobilize to create change.
Women around the world face obstacles and challenges to live healthy lives:
"While women and men share many similar health challenges, the differences are such that the health of women deserves particular attention. Women generally live longer than men because of both biological and behavioural advantages. But in some settings, notably in parts of Asia, these advantages are overridden by gender-based discrimination so that female life expectancy at birth is lower than or equal to that of males.
Moreover, women’s longer lives are not necessarily healthy lives. There are conditions that only women experience and whose potentially negative impact only they suffer. Some of these – such as pregnancy and childbirth – are not diseases, but biological and social processes that carry health risks and require health care. Some health challenges affect both women and men,but have a greater or different impact on women and so require responses that are tailored specifically to women’s needs. Other conditions affect women and men more or less equally, but women face greater difficulties in getting the health care they need. Furthermore, genderbased inequalities – for example in education, income and employment – limit the ability of girls and women to protect their health."