According to the United Nations World Health Organization, women’s health is of particular concern in global health efforts. In many societies, women and girls are disadvantaged by systemic discrimination. Gendered sociocultural factors such as unequal power relationships between men and women, differential access to education, food, housing, legal assistance and paid employment, agency over one’s own body, and political and environmental stability can greatly impact women’s health and wellbeing. Further, they face unique reproductive health risks including maternal morbidity and mortality, septic abortion, gynecologic cancers, and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Division of Women’s Health faculty are researching social determinants of health from a global perspective and implementing interventions to improve women’s health in numerous countries. This research includes: