We know the causes of death and disease among women all over the world. We have the money to tacklet it. We have the commitment of...
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We know the causes of death and disease among women all over the world. We have the money to tacklet it. We have the commitment of the WHO, foundations in rich countries and governments in poorer countries. So why isn''t it working? In this powerful, accessible book, Sophie Harman identifies three key problems that hijack women''s health: populist politics, misapplied inclusion strategies and burdening women in the health sector. She breaks down cases like the WHO sexual abuse scandal in DRC, Serena Williams'' near-death experience and the Global Gag rule, as well as less well-known issues around trans health, the visibility trap and the stress placed on women health-workers, to illustrate what''s going wrong, and offers smart solutions on how to fix it through activism and political work.
Sophie Harman is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London with over fifteen years of experience working on global health politics. She's worked in/with Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Geneva and Washington DC, UN Women, the Fawcett Society, and advised the UK govt on the COVID-19 pandemic. She's written for the Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, The Conversation, and Tortoise, and has appeared as an expert on television and radio for BBC News, BBC Wales, LBC, and BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2016 she was selected to join the BBC's Expert Women programme. In 2019 she was nominated for a BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for the narrative feature film she co-wrote and produced, Pili.
Résumé A call to confront the challenges - from politics and economics to structural inequality - to global women's health by a prize-winning academic.