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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
4210.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #108711

South Asian Muslim Women's Health in the post 9/11 security regime

Nalini Visvanathan, PhD, MPH, College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125-3393, 617 287-7164, nalini.visvanathan@umb.edu

Abstract: The South Asian Immigrant Women's Health Study explored women's perceptions of their health and the health of women and young girls in their communities. Focus groups, as well as in-depth interviews, were conducted with women from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the metropolitan area of a large city in the Northeast. The process of contacting and bringing women together, in the Pakistani community, uncovered family losses and separations, leading to more extensive interviews with young Muslim women in a university setting, as well as older women. Through analysis of these qualitative interviews, it is possible to chart the deleterious health effects of living in a security regime for the religious and ethnic minority that was targeted. After September 11, 2001, tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been deported or have voluntarily left the country. How did the women deal with the pervasive fears and tensions created within their community? What were the health consequences of these oppressive conditions? The presentation will address these questions, drawing from the accounts of the women and service providers in the community.

Learning Objectives: Objectives

Keywords: Immigrant Women,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

Issues of Security and Political Context in Addressing the Needs of Refugees and Immigrants

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