212974 Human Rights and Women's Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 3:18 PM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya, JD, MPH, LLM , Department of Medical Humanities, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
In spite of 60 years which have passed since the Declaration of Human Rights has been first signed women's health issues have been neglected leading to a violation of their human rights This lack of attention to human rights with regard to women's health has contributed to many obstacles for women to enjoy a complete state of health as defined by the World Health Organization. For example in many societies women need to get consent from their husbands, male partners to avail reproductive services including contraceptive use.

This presentation will discuss the relationship between women's health and human rights and examine some of reasons for slow progress in this area and discuss how the global public health work force can work at local , national and international levels with partnering institutions to secure women's health across the lifespan.

Learning Objectives:
(1) To discuss the role of gender discrimination and bias towards women patients by health care providers (2) To discuss the purpose and challenges of implementing international declarations and treaties to secure women’s health across the lifespan.

Keywords: Human Rights, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MD. MPH.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.