The ‘Lancet’ for expanding the scope of women’s health beyond reproduction

On the occasion of today’s International Women’s Day, the Lancet has published an editorial to remember the still persisting inequalities in health between genders.Even though great strides have certainly been made in the sphere of reproductive and sexual health 337469-international-women-s-day(among other initiatives the Lancet recalls the Millennium Development Goals, Every Woman, Every Child, Safe Motherhood Initiatives, The Pink Ribbon campaign, and campaigns to stop female genital mutilation), others spheres of women’s health have not progressed at the same pace. More importantly, they do not figure high up in many countries’ agendas.
This, as poignantly pointed out in the editorial, is “symptomatic of the way in which society views women” by equating “woman with mother”, and risks constraining women’s health to the fields of reproductive and sexual health.
In order to strive to improve women’s health at 360 degrees, it is necessary to provide strategies for women at all level of society, starting from dispelling the ‘woman = mother’ equation, and implementing equality in the workplace.

For further reading see:
The Lancet, Volume 381, Issue 9869, Page 777, 9 March 2013
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60608-X

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