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Session: Gender Equity as an Integral Part of Reproductive Health: Progress and Challenges
4165.0: Tuesday, November 9, 2004: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Gender Equity as an Integral Part of Reproductive Health: Progress and Challenges
The social construction of gender roles has been recognized as an important variable affecting reproductive health, but there have been relatively few studies of sufficient rigor to determine its influence on reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices. Among them, the four papers presented here use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, generating indicators such as newly constructed indices and scales of gender equity from focus groups, in-depth interviews, observations, and surveys. The papers, combined, also cover both institutional changes e.g. among health service providers, and individual changes among women and their male partners. At the institutional level, the mechanism of quality of care earns attention in this work, while norms and behaviors are studied at the individual level. A discussant with expertise in gender equity in reproductive health will analyze the main findings of each presentation and propose common themes and points of difference that can guide programmers to a better understanding of gender issues and improved program implementation.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to 1. describe an index for measuring gender norms and attitudes, 2. describe indices for measuring gender equity and the individual and institutional levels, 3. describe strategies to improve service providers' knowledge of gender-based violence and their ability to provide appropriate care to victims, 4. describe effects of improved gender equity on program outcomes
Discussant(s):Kathleen Kurz, PhD
Moderator(s):Judith F. Helzner, MA
12:30 PMImpact of women empowerment on reproductive and sexual health
Md. Moshiur Rahman, MSc, M. E. Khan, PhD, Sharif M. I. Hossain
12:44 PMMeasuring differences in gender norms among men in India and Brazil and implications for HIV/STI and violence prevention  [ Recorded presentation ]
Julie Pulerwitz, ScD, Ravi K. Verma, PhD, Vaishali Sharma Mahendra, MSc, S. S. Khandekar, Gary T. Barker, PhD, M Segundo
12:58 PMEffects of Implementing a "Gender-Sensitive” Reproductive Health Program in Bolivia  [ Recorded presentation ]
Ricardo Vernon, PhD, Erica Palenque, BA, Fernando Gonzales, MD, Lizzy Montaño, BA
1:12 PMLegal literacy among health care providers in Mexico as a central component of developing comprehensive services for survivors of sexual violence  [ Recorded presentation ]
Adriana Ortega Ortiz, JD, Deborah L. Billings, PhD, Claudia Moreno Uriza, BA
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; International Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA