Women's Health & Rights

CEHURD to take maternal health case to Ugandan Supreme Court

A number of Ugandan civil society organisations led by the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) are to take their maternal health case to appeal in the Supreme Court after they lost their hearing in the Constitutional Court last June.

Gender discrimination in Africa prevents progress

Amnesty International has released its 2012 Regional Overview of Africa. The report found that the widespread uprising seen in the north of the continent has resonated with people in the sub-Saharan region, but there are significant socioeconomic and cultural barriers preventing a similar spring...

Pregnant smokers 'need encouragement to quit, not scorn'

Pregnant women should receive encouragement to help them quit smoking, rather than be made to feel guilty about their habit, it has been claimed. Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor for the UK's Royal College of Midwives, said the best way to encourage women to give up smoking is to...

Women in labour 'should be allowed to eat and drink'

There is no evidence that eating in the hours before giving birth causes harm to mothers or their babies, according to new research. Women have previously been discouraged from eating or drinking during labour, as doctors were concerned that there would be complications if surgery was required.

Gender violence 'a daily threat in DRC'

Many women living in the Democratic Republic of Congo face the threat of gender-based violence on a daily basis, it has been reported. According to documentary maker Mary Lou Hartman, herself a rape victim, hundreds of thousands of women and girls are victims of "unimaginably horrific"...

Women 'facing violence around the world'

Many women and girls are subjected to domestic violence, exploitation, sexual violence, harmful traditional practices and other abuse every day of their lives, it has been claimed. According to Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, as many as one in three...

Women 'need higher social status to improve health'

Without a higher social status, women will continue to face difficulties protecting their own health and that of their families, it has been claimed. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lack of access to education, decision-making positions and income all limit female empowerment.

Female heart disease 'not being diagnosed'

Heart attacks and strokes are two of the leading killers of women around the world, despite being considered largely male problems, it has been reported. According to the Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda report, published this week by the World Health Organization (WHO...

Maternal health 'a right for all'

Maternal health is a human right that should be available to all irrespective of location, it has been claimed.

Abused women 'more likely to suffer health complications'

Women who have suffered at the hands of their partners are more likely to experience health difficulties than those who have been free from abuse, according to a new study.