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International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2022: Women’s Health Matters

Contributed by: Anjali Sharma

Introduction

“A woman’s health is her capital.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe 

A society that prioritizes women’s health and rights is the one that always flourishes and is truly civilized.

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2022 is dedicated to women’s health and well-being, with this year’s focus being on themes such as sexual and health and rights (SRHR)

Every year on the 28th of May, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health is observed around the globe. The objective behind this day is to make everyone aware of the importance of women’s health and their sexual health rights. 

This day aims to promote awareness on topics linked to women’s health and well-being, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, where women are more likely to face the burden of social and economic effects.

The goal is to remind everyone, particularly government officials and legislators, that every woman’s health is important.

These are a few rights that SRHR has included in its list for women:

Use of modern contraceptive methods

Contraception minimises the need for unsafe abortions and HIV/STD transmission from mothers to neonates by lowering the number of unwanted pregnancies. 

This can also help girls to educate and provide women additional possibilities to engage fully in society as per their will.

It is an important sexual and reproductive health right that empowers women and will improve women’s health.

Sex education

Sex education is a crucial tool for people to learn about a wide variety of themes linked to an individual’s biological, psychological, and socio-cultural views, as well as a critical intervention to prevent and minimise sexual harassment, assault, and abuse against women. 

Sex education is all about educating the masses about sexuality, safety, gender norms, identity, respect, compassion, and self-expression, which are all issues that need to be addressed.

Freedom to choose their partner

When a girl reaches adulthood, she is legally entitled to choose a spouse, which if refused would jeopardise not only her human rights to choose a mate but also her right to life and personal liberty, as protected by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. 

It is a crucial human right for a woman to be able to choose a life partner. However,  in many rural areas, women are still kept away from the existence of this right.

International Day of Action for Women’s Health aims at empowering women and providing them with basic sexual and health rights and choosing whom they want to spend their lives with.

Safe abortion and post-abortion care

The Population Council provides data to policymakers and healthcare practitioners to assist communities in implementing safer abortion and post-abortion care practices, increasing positive health-seeking behaviour and reducing the stigma behind abortion and post-abortion care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) with this programme of International Day of Action for Women’s Health aims at educating both men and women about having a safe abortion and how women should be treated after the abortion process.

Research shows more than 80 per cent of women do not know that abortion is legal in India.

In India, 13 women die every day as a result of unsafe abortion-related reasons, and almost 6.4 million pregnancies are aborted each year.

This is why it’s absolutely pertinent that women around you are aware that abortion is a legal practice now. 

Prevention, care, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and infections

Always avoid intercourse with someone who has genital sores, a rash, discharge, or other indications of a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Unprotected sex is only safe if you and your partner have only had sex with each other for at least six months and have both tested negative for STDs. If not, you should then:

Use latex condoms every time you have sex
Avoid sharing towels or undergarments
Wash your genitals before and after intercourse
Get a vaccination for hepatitis B. This is a series of three shots
Get tested for HIV      

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on women’s health

COVID-19 has had a devastating and long-term impact on the planet, yet not everyone is equally afflicted.

Women’s health and well-being are the most adversely damaged. Vaccines are still scarce, and healthcare systems remain insufficient, which makes the impact even worse. 

Women were more likely to absorb the shock of a family’s food shortages and poor food quality, with one in ten women running out of food or reducing their own food consumption in a week and a further ten per cent worried about having enough food. 

During the lockdown and the months that followed, women in rural regions had very limited access to feminine hygiene products and contraception.

During the first six months of the epidemic, an estimated 2.4 million unplanned births were forecast, with a large proportion of them expected among low-income women due to their lack of access to contraception.

Final thoughts

A country that is empowered in terms of the health and sexual rights of women is on its way to development.

During the past years, various issues have been addressed related to women’s health and rights such as health care and medication facilities, to protect women from sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/ AIDS, understanding of contraceptives, safe and legal abortion facilities, women SRHR and much more.

We truly hope that our article on International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2022 helps add to the campaign for women’s health and rights.

Having said that, preventive health is absolutely crucial when it comes to women’s health. That’s periodic health checkups are always recommended for the ladies to stay on top of their health.

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