This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.
We focus on critical issues, namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include: being born female and discrimination; poverty; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; and various forms of violence. Topics discussed include son preference, education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, violence in the home and in war and refugee circumstances, women's work, sex trafficking, and aging.
Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating an international network of engaged students. We will ask students to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises and to share their own experiences. We also ask students to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.
To find out more details about this course and its principles, please visit our Project Page atwww.internationalwomenshealth.org
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Describing a long-term community-based action research project on improving health conditions for displaced persons in Rwanda and South Sudan, this practice note discusses human rights as a framework for improving people’s health. In the course of researching...
Describing a long-term community-based action research project on improving health conditions for displaced persons in Rwanda and South Sudan, this practice note discusses human rights as a framework for improving people’s health. In the course of researching women’s health concerns, researchers learned that human rights violations were a major root cause of poor health among many displaced persons, and especially for women. Partnering with an international non-governmental organization (NGO), the American Refugee Committee, Congolese refugees in Rwanda, and returnees in South Sudan, researchers first explored local perceptions of human rights. Findings were presented to community members and incorporated into a culturally-nuanced health and human rights training programme. We offer lessons learned when working with community members and international partners to develop this community-based educational project on human rights. Primarily, we argue that human rights are intricately related to women’s health. We also suggest that human rights messages are best conceptualized with local concepts and best spoken by trusted community members such as community health workers. Human rights are conceptualized across cultural differences as an ongoing struggle for respect and fair treatment. Women’s experiences of human rights violations most often occur in the context of everyday life and lead to poor outcomes in women’s health. A rights-based framework could assist practitioners and organizations that aim to promote women’s health, development, and well-being.
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