Blog Introduction

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. By looking at women’s rights and health through this lens, our blog will incorporate these issues into the larger development sphere.

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.

Some final posts will focus on the intersectionality of women’s health. Posts will discuss how women’s right to health influences other development issues. In short, these posts will serve to contextualize our knowledge in the large development world. They will draw from sources such as Baby Halder’s Book, Doll’s article discussing women’s health care, and editorial’s that explore the effects of the marginalization of women worldwide.

The information, ideas and larger themes that these blog posts will develop stem from our extensive research and list of sources