Women's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-First-Century Agenda

December 8, 2020
Women's Empowerment and Global Health: A Twenty-First-Century Agenda

What is women's empowerment, and how and why does it matter forwomen's health? These are questions that the University ofCalifornia Global Health Institute's (UCGHI) Center of Expertise(COE) on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment aimed to answerwith this book. Since 2009 the COE has brought together amultidisciplinary network of experts from across the University ofCalifornia (UC) campuses and departments, along with their globalpartners, to advance research and education on what has become acapstone theme in the global health and development agenda: women'sand girls' empowerment and health. Women's Empowerment andGlobal Health demonstrates the outcomes of COE's commitment toadvance pedagogy and present the work of thought leaders in thisdomain.Despite the rise of a human rights–based approach to health andincreasing awareness of the synergies between women's health andempowerment, a lack of consensus remains as to how tooperationalize empowerment in ways that improve health. Women'sEmpowerment and Global Health presents thirteenmultidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science andadvocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and statusof girls and women. The book is organized into two sections, thefirst focused on sociocultural, educational, and health systemsinterventions, and the second on economic, policy, and structuralinterventions. Seven of the chapters are enriched by complementaryvideos that provide readers with context about programs in India,Kenya, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and SouthAfrica. Women's Empowerment and Global Health provides thenext generation of researchers and practitioners, as well asstudents in global and public health, sociology, anthropology,women's studies, law, business, and medicine, with cutting-edge andinspirational examples of programs that point the way towardachieving women's equality and the positive outcome of empowermenton health.