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Addressing the many challenges of Women's health in India

Written by : Arun Ramalingam

March 24, 2023

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March 8th, is a day that holds a significant place in the hearts of women all over the world. It's a day that celebrates the triumphs, accomplishments, and sheer resilience of women. While it's a day of recognition and appreciation, it also serves as a reminder of the issues that still plague women's lives.

In India, a country of over 1.4 billion people, women play a pivotal role in shaping society, culture, and the economy. However, despite progress in maternal and reproductive health, gender disparity still looms large. India's rank of 140 out of 156 countries in terms of gender equality and disparity, as per the 2021 Global Gap Report of the World Economic Forum, is a glaring reminder of the work that needs to be done.

The Underlying issues

  1. Lack of Awareness & Accessibility: Women's health and rights are vital, yet many women in India lack access to critical information and health facilities. Raising awareness and promoting accessibility are essential steps in improving women's health outcomes. When women have access to the right information, they are empowered to take action to safeguard their health. Ensuring that health facilities are more widely available, particularly in rural areas, can help remove barriers to healthcare. These efforts can also help break down social stigmas and taboos that have long surrounded women's health.
  2. Emphasis on key issues: Women in India face many health challenges, but some issues are particularly pressing. Breast cancer, reproductive health, and mental health are among the most critical. However, social stigma and a lack of understanding often prevent women from seeking care. By prioritizing these key issues and increasing access to appropriate health facilities, we can work towards better health outcomes for women in India
  3. Gender-Based Violence: Gender-based violence is a pervasive problem that affects women's physical and mental health. Creating safe spaces and support systems for survivors of gender-based violence is crucial. However, we also need to focus on prevention. Education and awareness programs aimed at changing societal attitudes towards women can help tackle the root causes of gender-based violence. By working towards a society that values and respects women, we can help create a safer and healthier environment for all.

On International Women's Day, it's essential to reflect on the progress women have made, but also to acknowledge the long road ahead. Let's come together to prioritize women's health and rights, and work towards a brighter, healthier future for all.


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