Bilkis Vissandjee / Sudhir Kumar and teams from:
Université de Montréal and Aga Khan Health Services
Indian women have health problems in almost every stage of their life and they also have to deal with gender inequalities in access to health services. The health problems they face include reproductive health problems, high female mortality at childhood, household violence and a plethora of occupational and environmental hazards. Gender inequalities in health result from an emphasis on women's child-bearing roles resulting in early and excessive childbearing, sex preference manifested in discrimination against female children, work loads that expose them to health hazards and lack of autonomy, absence of decision-making power both within and outside their households, and lack of access to independent income. To meet the health needs of their family and their own, low income women need access to education, gainful employment, as well as social and economic autonomy.
The project examined gender inequalities of health through women's social, economic and political autonomy in rural Gujarat. Through the use of focus groups and individual interviews, the study has developed a thorough understanding of the linkages between women's social, economic and political autonomy, women's health and that of the household. These results will help serve as the base for developing strategies for women's overall development in rural Gujarat.
Carol Amaratunga, Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, Dalhousie University
Slim Haddad, Centre Hospitalier, Université de Montréal
Dierdre Mientel, Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal
Shree Mulay, McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, McGill University
Louise Potvin, Department of Social and Preventative Medicine, Université de Montréal
Thangham George, Aga Khan Health Services
Kini Manijunath, Aga Khan Health Services
Sheeja Nair, Aga Khan Health Services
Aziz Popatiya, Project Co-ordinator, Gujarat
Canadian Team Members
Shelly Abdool, University of Montreal
Sajida Shroff, History/Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Indian Team Members
Amirbhai, Aga Khan Health Services
Rati Mathur Bhat
Faridaben, Aga Khan Health Services
Sabina Meghani, Aga Khan Health Services
Shilpa Ballal Ratari, Aga Khan Health Services
Balbir Kaur Sandhu
Urevi Tripari, Aga Khan Health Services
C. V. S. Prasad, Consultant (Demographer)
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