December 2015

Addressing sexual and reproductive health needs in the climate change agenda

The interlinkage between climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is an increasingly visible and urgent issue that must be addressed in sustainable development and climate change policy. This statement highlights these linkages. Whilst climate change will affect every person from every region of the world, the Asia-Pacific region faces disproportionate vulnerability because of its location, high population, high rates of poverty, and dependence on agriculture and fisheries for sustenance. Read More

October 2015

Disabled women’s experiences of sexuality, Zimbabwe

This article uses a single story of one woman, Tsitsi, who participated in a a larger biographical narrative study in which the experiences of sexuality of 16 Shona women with disability in Zimbabwe were explored. Her narrative draws together four themes common across all the narratives of the larger study: 1) disregard and rejection; 2) health consequences of gendered sexual stigma; 3) gendered differences in experiences of disability; and 4) gendered cultural discourses on disability. Read More

June 2015

Women and health: the key for sustainable development

This article sets out the areas of focus of the Lancet Women and Health Commission, which focuses on the multifaceted pathways through which women and health interact, moving beyond the traditional and exclusive focus on women’s health to address the roles of women as both users and providers of health care, and highlighting the potential for synergy between them. Crucial actions are proposed, addressed to development partners, governments, civil society, advocates, academics, and professional associations that are needed to advance the women and health agenda. Read More

March 2015

Minority groups’ health far worse than majority communities

The most recent State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 calls for greater measures to combat disparities in global health outcomes between minority groups and majority communities. Maternal care, child health and mental health are particularly vulnerable to disparities. Read More