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Gender, Law and Health: International Perspectives

Sita Vanka (Editor) Rekha Pande (Editor)

The United Nations has spearheaded the movement to eliminate gender discrimination and bring gender equality to the centre stage of the global agenda. A number of meetings and conferences were organized to bring the attention of the world community on the issue. The first three decades of the work of UN focused primarily on the codification of women’s legal, civil and human rights along with gathering of data on the status of women around the world. However, later it was evidenced that formulating laws do not suffice to ensure the rights and gender equality. The Beijing Conference of 1995 assured women of their rights. It was here that gender and law assume significance and attracted scholarly attention to focus on the strategies and plans of action for the advancement of women in terms of their legal rights to fully participate at all levels of human activity.

In addition to the legal rights, international agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) has contributed significantly to formulate gender strategies to ensure equality in health. It has developed tools to ensure systematic consideration of gender in the design, implementation and evaluation of health policies and programmes. Strategies for gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and developing gender responsive health programmes have been devised to ensure physical and mental health of women.

Taking clue from research, an attempt was made to discuss, deliberate and present multiple perspectives in a volume showcasing the best practices, research papers and viewpoints from across the world. The contributors of this volume, have covered a wide variety of subjects encompassing gender, law and health which broadly includes the implementation of law in India and across the world.

This book is an excellent compendium of interdisciplinary articles on issues relating to gender, law and health, which will benefit professionals, scholars and researchers.

Contents: 1. Female Foeticide, Law and Technological Development in India: A Human Rights Perspective/Y. Vishnupriya. 2. Feminist Perspective on Maternity Benefits: Disparities in the Law/Neeta Khurana. 3. Unwritten Customary Law of the Khasis: A Gender Perspective/Charis Mine P. Khonglah. 4. The Implementation of Maria da Penha Law in Brazil: The Courts' Perspective/Isadora Vier Machado. 5. Women in Turkey at the Intersection of Social Ethics and Law: A Perspective/Zeynep Engin. 6. Customary Law and Status of Women: A Study of Hmar Community of North-East India/Ruth Lalsiemsang Buongpui. 7. Gender Specific Problems of Refugees: A Case Study of Tibetan Women Refugee/Chime Youdon. 8. Gender Stereotyping and Indian Legislation: An Illustrative Analysis/Suvarna Pravin Damle Gender and Health. 9. Breaking the Magical Spell: An Analysis of the Emancipation of Female Sexuality in Literary Work/Smrity Sharma. 10. Gender Dynamics and Adherence to Tuberculosis Treatment among Co-Infected Patients in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana/Hannah Benedicta Taylor-Abdulai, Patricia Akweongo and Philip Baba Adongo. 11. Gender Differences in Perceived Health Status of Family Care-Givers of Frail Elderly: A Study in Japan and South Korea/Jung Nim Kim. 12. Gender-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health among Urban Adolescent Students: A Study in Hyderabad, India/Varalakshmi Manchana. 13. Stress Amongst Destitute Women and its Impact on Their health: A Study in Guwahati, Assam/ Sabiha Alam Choudhury. 14. Social Life of AIDS Affected (HIV Positive) Women in Kashmir : An Empirical Analysis in India /Khalida Gull. 15. Political Violence: It's Impact on Women's Mental Health in India/Mousumi Mahanta. 16. Parenting Cross-Cultural and Mixed Race Children: A Perspective/Antoinette Zloty. 17. Female Body in Every Day Life: A Perspective on the Respect and Control for Women in Society /Madhabi Maity. 18. Baby Factories: An Emerging Form of Violence against Women and a Violation of Women and Children's Rights/Jessica Ezekiel-Hart. 19. Maternal Health of Women under National Rural Health Mission: A Study in the Central Region Districts of Odisha/Ranjit Kumar Dehury and Jagatabandhu Mohapatra. 20. Shedding Shyness: A Perspective from Tamil Nadu/Josephine Selle Jeyanathan and A. Shenbagavalli.

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About the author

Rekha Pande

Rekha Pande is Professor, Department of History and a Joint Faculty in the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. She was the Director and Chair of the 12th Women World Congress (2014) organized in Hyderabad. She is the founding member of two Centres for Women’s Studies, one at Maulana Azad National Urdu University and the other at the University of Hyderabad.

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Title Gender, Law and Health: International Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131609873
length 228p.