Women'S Empowerment And Global Health: A Twenty-First-Century Agenda
Publish Date: 2016-11-01
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What is womens empowerment, and how and why does it matter for womens health? These are questions that the University of California Global Health Institutes (UCGHI) Center of Expertise (COE) on Womens Health, Gender, and Empowerment aimed to answer with this book. Since 2009 the COEhas brought together a multidisciplinary network of experts from across the University of California (UC) campuses and departments, along with their global partners, to advance research and education on what has become a capstone theme in the global health and development agenda: womens and girls empowerment and health. Womens Empowerment and Global Healthdemonstrates the outcomes of COE's commitmentto advance pedagogy and present the work of thought leaders in this domain.
Despite the rise of a human rightsbased approach to health and increasing awareness of the synergies between womens health and empowerment, a lack of consensus remains as to how to operationalize empowerment in ways that improve health.Womens Empowerment and Global Healthpresents thirteen multidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science and advocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and status of girls and women. The book is organized into two sections, the first focused on sociocultural, educational, and health systems interventions, and the second on economic, policy, and structural interventions. Seven of the chapters are enriched by complementary videos that provide readers with context about programs in India, Kenya, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.Womens Empowerment and Global Healthprovides the next generation of researchers and practitioners, as well as students in global and public health, sociology, anthropology, womens studies, law, business, and medicine, with cutting-edge and inspirational examples of programs that point the way toward achieving womens equality and the positive outcome of empowerment on health.