Tag: Women

This Begins at Home: The Impact of American Political Discourse on Global Gender Equality

| February 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
This Begins at Home: The Impact of American Political Discourse on Global Gender Equality

The topic of gender and global health is in vogue. For an American, it is exciting to work abroad, exhilarating to work for change where there exists low hanging fruit (advocating for women to have the right to divorce, own land, drive, obtain an education). It is easy for a Westerner to condemn laws or practices that affect women living in different lands, subjected to extremes that patently subordinate them (stoning women for perceived adultery, condoning rape that occurs within a relationship, banishing women that suffer fistulas during childbirth)…

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Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

Global health research has long faced a paradox: That the school attainment of mothers is associated – strongly, independently and in most less-developed countries – with reduced child mortality and other beneficial health outcomes, but no consensus has emerged about why or how this happens. A new book from our Project on Maternal Schooling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Literacy and Mothering, tackles this problem directly, not only with a detailed theoretical explanation but also with evidence from literacy assessments of mothers in four countries: Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela and Zambia.

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Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

| November 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
Secondary Education for Females: A Primary Way to Prevent Overpopulation

By Beth Kinsella Maternal & Child Health Columnist The recent occasion of 7 Billion Day on October 31st, 2011, marks both an accomplishment and challenge for humanity, requiring the global community to “unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated. “Global problems demand global solutions,” […]

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Family Planning: An Effective Approach to Cost Containment

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Family Planning: An Effective Approach to Cost Containment

Vishal Arora Health Policy Columnist This past week, there were mixed reactions regarding recent data from the United Nations numbering the world population at 7 billion.[1]  Some might welcome this announcement as evidence of advancing healthcare technologies and the provision of essential medicines worldwide.  On the other hand, this sharp increase in population size sheds […]

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