GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN'S HEALTH: EMPOWERMENT, GENDER EQUALITY, AND HEALTH
Limited educational opportunities, financial dependence, and gender bias and discrimination are intersecting factors that contribute to poor health status and well-being among women around the world. This course examines the relationship between such macro-level factors and women's health and explores promising interventions and policy changes aimed at promoting women's empowerment, gender equality, and improved and sustained health outcomes for women. Specific attention is given to examining the connection between women's health and educational and legal initiatives and microfinance programming. Illustrative case examples are drawn from instructor global experience conducted on related research in Thailand, India, and Peru and relevant readings. Key health issues discussed will include gender-based violence, reproductive and sexual health, and pregnancy outcomes. To emphasize key points, guest speakers from diverse fields, including women's studies, ethics, law, and economics will be invited to provide additional insights regarding the complexities associated with the topic and with effective and innovative intervention development.