The recent election sparked a national conversation about violence against women that had been ignored for too long. In the wake of the outcome, efforts to protect women’s health and prevent violence are critical. In the health field, we can capitalize on the increased public attention and opportunity in the healthcare landscape to address domestic violence as a critical public health issue.
In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed away instantly by socio-political changes. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must remember that preserving—or reclaiming— the dignity of girls and women requires continuous efforts, even when it seems like the battle is already won.
In Guyana and Kenya, Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) is working to protect and advance women’s rights by decreasing instances of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation/cutting through the capacity building of local organizations.
Presently, more than 222 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy, but they are not using a modern method of contraception. Improving access to family planning programs and contraception is essential to help lift women and their families out of poverty around the globe.
For International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, JSI asked staff to send in blurbs about how they, and their projects, are supporting women’s health. These are their own words: [View the story “#jsi4women – JSI Supporting Women’s Health” on Storify]
Korto is a 17-year-old girl living in Gbarnga, central Liberia. She hopes to go the University of Liberia to study engineering someday. But if Korto is to realize her dream of getting a university education, she must avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
Fertility awareness methods (FAM) are family planning methods that are based on when a woman’s fertile days start and end. These methods require partner cooperation because couples must be committed to abstinence or use of another contraceptive method during the woman’s fertile days to prevent pregnancy.
The scene: a crowd gathers in a remote mountain village, one which is often unreachable by motor vehicle, but which today is visited via helicopter by medical staff from a U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force, along with local health staff. The village—a community in Hauteo sub-district, Ainaro district—is located in one of the world’s newest, smallest and most isolated countries: Timor-Leste (East Timor).
It is true that national family planning services rely on functional health systems to thrive. Equally true is that family planning has unique, powerful health system effects of its own. Given family planning’s cross cutting, positive effects on maternal health, child and neonatal health, and economic development as a whole, it does in its own … Continue reading “Women Deliver Day 2: Family Planning is a Health System Strengthening Intervention”
Perhaps one of the most challenging public health interventions in Pakistan is building awareness of healthy behaviors and its country-wide promotion, especially when it requires accessing women in rural areas of Pakistan.