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What is women’s empowerment, and how and why does it matter for women’s health? Despite the rise of a human rights–based approach to women’s health and increasing awareness of the synergies between women’s health and empowerment, a lack of consensus remains as to how to measure empowerment and successfully intervene in ways that improve health. Women’s Empowerment and Global Health presents thirteen multidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science and advocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and status of women. The content is enriched by ancillary videos that give background about programs in India, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Women’s Empowerment and Global Health provides the next generation of researchers and practitioners, as well as students in global and public health, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, law, business, and medicine, with cutting-edge and inspirational examples of programs that point the way toward achieving women’s equality and fulfilling the right to health.
Shari L. Dworkin is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing.
Monica Gandhi is Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Paige Passano is Program Officer at the University of California, Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative, a project of the Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability and the College of Natural Resources.
“Taken together, the chapters in this book accomplish something extraordinary. They provide analyses of the complex interplay among structural inequalities and gendered norms and normative practices that produce women’s disempowerment and subsequent health-related vulnerability. But they also provide detailed accounts of interventions, programs, and policies that have been accomplished through and have further promoted women’s empowerment. Women's Empowerment and Global Health makes a major contribution toward not only the analysis but also the achievement of global health.”—Kim M. Blankenship, Chair of the Sociology Department and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society, American University
“Women's Empowerment and Global Health is a milestone in understanding the gender dynamics of global health and sets an agenda for future research, interventions, and activism.”—Robert Wyrod, author of AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood