Women Empowerment and Women’s Healthcare
Women from around the world need to be empowered now more than ever. There are specific indicators of women social empowerment including gender inequality base, fertility rates, sex ratios, and life expectancy rates. These indicators show the overall status of women when it comes to economic growth, literacy, their education status, availability of heath are and birth control facilities, literacy rates, age at marriage, and their participation outside of the home.
Until this day, gender inequality is rampant across the world. From major countries around the world, there is still an inferior base for gender inequality. For sex ratio in Asia, the numbers are against women. Though life expectancy has significantly gone up all over the world, the general status of women has still not changed much. Fertility rates have also declined in various regions of the world. While this is a good thing, its positive impact is not as much as most people want. For literacy rates, you will still find some gender gaps here and there. Looking at female literacy rates, they are not at all empowering in developed countries.
Many issues affect women empowerment across the world. One of these issues involve healthcare. Others should never undermine the health of women in society and even themselves. There should be much value to the health of women and the healthcare services they require. The thing about women’s health is that they go through different stages in their lives with difficulty in terms of their health. You have to understand that women have healthcare needs different from men.
Until this day, there are many healthcare practices that are highly prejudiced against women. There are people who engage in heinous crimes to take advantage of women. There are also issues of high maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. Early child marriages are the main reason for these high rates.
When it comes to quality health care, not a lot of women from around the world have access to it. Some women cannot even make informed choices about their reproductive rights. Some women don’t even have access to affordable family planning methods of choice. In this regard, women don’t get appropriate knowledge and education on the matter. Women show vulnerability across contagious and infectious diseases and STDs.
Clearly, the women’s knowledge about health care and nutrition are old school. What they end up doing is disregarding modern methods of medicine. To make things work for all women, alternative treatments should work hand in hand with mainstream healthcare systems. The integration of modern-day medicine and alternative methods help women get quality yet reasonable health care. The efforts of the government through women’s healthcare associations are also of great help. There are now many healthcare clinics established for the benefit of women.