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Integrating women's human rights into global health research: an action framework

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Title: Integrating women's human rights into global health research: an action framework
Author(s): Baptiste, Donna; Kapungu, Chisina; Khare, Manorama H.; Lewis, Yvonne; Barlow-Mosha, Linda
Subject(s): women's human rights
Abstract: This article uses Scale of Change theory as a framework to guide global health researchers to synergistically target women's health outcomes in the context of improving their right to freedom, equity, and equality of opportunities. We hypothesize that health researchers can do so through six action strategies. These strategies include (1) becoming fully informed of women's human rights directives to integrate them into research, (2) mainstreaming gender in the research, (3) using the expertise of grass roots women's organizations in the setting, (4) showcasing women's equity and equality in the organizational infrastructure, (5) disseminating research findings to policymakers in the study locale to influence health priorities, and (6) publicizing the social conditions that are linked to women's diseases. We explore conceptual and logistical dilemmas in transforming a study using these principles and also provide a case study of obstetric fistula reduction in Nigeria to illustrate how these strategies can be operationalized. Our intent is to offer a feasible approach to health researchers who, conceptually, may link women's health to social and cultural conditions but are looking for practical implementation strategies to examine a women's health issue through the lens of their human rights.
Issue Date: 2010-11
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Citation Info: Baptiste, D., Kapungu, C., Khare, M. H., Lewis, Y., & Barlow-Mosha, L. 2010. Integrating Women's Human Rights into Global Health Research: An Action Framework. Journal of Womens Health, 19(11): 2091-2099. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2119
Type: Article
Description: This is a copy of an article published in the Journal of Women's Health © 2010 Copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Journal of Women's Health is available online at:; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2010.2119
ISSN: 1540-9996
Date Available in INDIGO: 2011-08-31

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