Blog Introduction

Our blog will provide a holistic look at women’s health. We will cover a large span of issues including female gentile mutilation, transgender rights, and maternal mortality. We will then provide a few posts that will explore intersectionality. These post are essential to understanding the world of development as it stands today, as women’s health is central to development work. We will attempt to explore all issues on a worldwide scale that will also for critical thinking and depth of learning. 

These blog posts will draw heavily from all sources to create a comprehensive look at their connections. One blog will focus on the medical impacts of Female Genital Mutilation on women. This blog post will specifically explore the consequences of FGM in terms of childbirth. Another effect of FGM that this blog will delve into is the impact on the victim’s sexuality and the fact that the practice is primarily intended to control women sexually. It will also analyze specifically how the practice has come to be prevalent in the Western world. Other posts will focus on the many cultural practices and traditions that are meant to facilitate the transition of young girls into adulthood, especially in developing countries.

Another important issue this blog will cover is why transgender women are not given adequate health care and are more susceptible to HIV than anyone else. This post will then further analyze and think critically about why women who are more likely to have HIV, are not provided with equal health care. It will also focus on transgender women’s rights to surgeries and what insurance companies can and cannot deny as far as health care rights are concerned.

Additionally, the maternal health posts will analyze the heterogeneity of aspects affecting a woman’s health during pregnancy and cover to what extent certain social and environmental factors play a role in determining the health of a woman and her child. This section will dive into how specific development goals and projects have succeeded in ameliorating dangerous maternal health situations. It will also focus on the policies in different countries regarding women’s healthcare rights, and what impacts they have on the maternal health of women in that country. The various posts will span across a multitude of health related topics such as access to healthcare, HIV, governmental policies and social norms.

Finally, our blog will house posts about the intersectionality of issues regarding women’s health. The overall health of women has impacts on societal factors such as education level attained, income per capita, child health, population growth structure, the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and others. These posts will allow us to contextualize our knowledge of women’s health in the development sphere. Intersectionality is important to consider in any issue, however it is especially pertinent regarding women’s health. These posts will draw heavily on sources such as Baby Halder’s book, editorials, and articles that delve into the breadth of the issue. 

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