Empowering Women: A Pathway to Global Health Equity

To get into the “spirit” of discussing the importance and impact of women’s health I’ve searched my favorite news source for a couple of articles that will make anyone think” Hmm, I should care about this.” Whether you’re a man or woman, women’s health MATTERS.


“Most of the time, they won’t tell you they’re religious organizations hell-bent on convincing you to avoid having an abortion. They’ll have innocuous-sounding names, like “Aid to Women” or “Pregnancy Care Center,” and to the untrained eye, they won’t look like they’re being run by nutjobs who have no problem lying to women.” (Source)



Drug tests? Nope. Virginity tests in order to get a job. (Source)



“Each week, Businge, who trained at Nsambya Hospital, treats between eight and ten women with abdominal pain, malodorous discharge, itching, and vomiting, symptoms of urinary tract infections, and candidiasis, which she said came from exposure to pit latrines covered in feces, urine, and vomit. Sometimes they even come with intestinal and respiratory infections. The consultation costs 10,000 Ugandan shillings, or $3, less than the fee for a hospital visit. Over the past year, she has repeatedly treated herself for candidiasis, which she suspected she got from using a pit latrine she and her daughter share with at least 15 other families. “We are suffering quietly, but we are suffering a lot,” she said.” (Source)



“Dry sex, she told me, is the practice of reducing moisture in your vagina in order to seem tighter and cause more friction during intercourse. This is believed to be more pleasurable for the person with the penis, but for the women involved, it’s incredibly painful. It’s an idea linked to the perception that a tight vagina is one that hasn’t been stretched out by overuse, which speaks to the low level of sexual education in the region…. To achieve dryness, some women insert chalk, sand, pulverized rock, herbs, paper, or sponges before sex. Douching with caustic liquids such as detergents, antiseptics, alcohol, and bleach is also common. The use of these substances, in combination with un-lubricated penetrative sex, can lead to vaginal abrasions and increased condom breakage—which compounds the spread of HIV.” (Source)




“Women with mental illness are treated as less than human. This attitude leads to a system rampant with abuse where a woman with the slightest hint of illness, real or imagined, can be committed by her family with no hope.” (Source)





“According to the Paraguayan health ministry, 28 minors died last year due to complications related to childbirth, whereas 14 underage mothers died due to failed abortions, performed under unknown circumstances, in 2014.” (Source)



“Women say they are often unaware of the nature of the procedure. One woman, “Shahida,” a mother of two, was told it was reversible and only discovered the truth when those children died in a car crash and she was unsuccessful in conceiving more. Her husband left her.” (Source)




“Two newly proposed Iranian laws would restrict access to contraception, ban voluntary sterilization, dismantle state-funded family programs, and allow discrimination against female job applicants if they are single or without children” (Source)




“El Salvador’s Supreme Court decided late last night not to allow a 22-year-old woman known as “Beatriz” to have an abortion, even though she is at risk of serious injury as a result of the pregnancy—and despite the fact that the fetus has an almost zero chance of survival because of its own health issues.” (Source)



“A man and a woman walk into a doctor’s office. All things equal—symptoms and tests included—the female patient is twice as likely as her male counterpart to walk out with a diagnosis of depression. She’s also more than twice as likely to be prescribed a drug and, if that medication is a painkiller, she’ll be prescribed it at a higher dose and for a longer duration of time than the male patient, according to the Office on Women’s Health.” (Source)



“The survey showed that not only had many women had struggled to get a diagnosis from their GP, but even when they had, they’d been refused referrals for treatment. Of the 62 percent of the women surveyed that had been diagnosed, 29 percent had been forced to go private for treatment that, according to the Guardian, costs between £300 [$455] and £1,500 [$2,275].” (Source)




Women using tampons that hold proven carcinogens and made of material proven to cause toxic shock syndrome do not deserve to know about their vaginal health, basically. Because why would we need to know if the materials we are inserting into our bodies are causing cancers and in some cases, death.(Source of article)


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