Women Health Equity

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United Nations and World Health Organization are structuring wide range programme to combat the spread of gender based health inequality globally. Various strategies to promote health among the disadvantaged population have been implemented. However health inequality could not be abolished totally due to certain barriers. To understand what is health inequality takes health researchers into the moral and political dimension. It is a widely regarded normative concept, health inequalities are defined as health disadvantages which are considered to be unfair and unjust (Vallgarda, 2006). The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the health inequalities of disadvantaged women living in the sub continent. The essay will briefly outline the sensitive issues of social and cultural values that being the main contributing factors for health inequalities focusing in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The modalities of applying community approach as appropriate strategy for the reduction of health inequality and prevention will be further discussed. Women face discrimination since birth. In many societies and cultures mainly in the sub continent, the preference is always a son to have then a daughter because of the perception that females are a liability to the family (WHO, 2008a). This is a major thread to the well being of a female child and the female infanticide rate is increasing in India, Bangladesh and Nepal (WHO, 2008a). According to Ahmad (2000) Pakistan viewed women as a machine for producing male children and women will be accuse and abuse if they do not produce males. As they grow they encounter many experiences of sexual harassment in school and work places. It continues even after marriage in the form of domestic violence by their male partners which increases women’s risk of poor health. The only reason for violence against women is because women are

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