Several complex and interconnected social and cultural factors have kept women particularly vulnerable to violence directed against them, all of them manifestations of unequal power relations between men and women. The acceptance of violence as a means by which to solve conflict as well as fear of and control over female independence and female sexuality are just some of the contributing factors that allow violence against women to persist. How are the public health and medical communities implicated in all of this? What can they do to address violence against women not just as a legal issue, but as a fundamental human rights health issue that requires medical attention, clinical care, and sustainable public health interventions?
“Under the Stupak Amendment, my baby would have died,” says Tiffany Campbell, mother of three from South Dakota.
What would you do to help women this International Women’s Day? Click a button? Watch a video? What if that’s all you had to do to improve women’s lives?
While many women continue to struggle with striking the delicate balance between family household responsibilities and paid employment, an additional shift is taken on by many women, too: informal healthcare providers.
South Carolina’s Lt. Governor compares children and families reliant on reduced price and free school lunch programs to “stray animals.”
Pregnant women in Haiti are among the hardest hit and because of high maternal mortality rates in Haiti were in peril even before the earthquake. A handful of organizations are responding.
Call Speaker Pelosi TODAY and urge her to reject any anti-choice language from the final version of the health reform bill.
Why care about women’s health in health care reform? As 19th century Swiss poet and philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel wrote: “In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”
This is only the first salvo in the bishops’ campaign against women’s health. Just imagine for a moment what healthcare will look like when the bishops are finished.
All the sexual health-specific sturm und drang around the process of health reform over the past few months has resulted in a set of bills all of which that take roughly the same “abortion neutral” approach.