Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

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January 29, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird FACT: “A growing number of people who have been persecuted for being transgender or transsexual...
January 22, 2009 posted by admin [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="165" caption="2004 March for Women's...
January 9, 2009 posted by admin May 2009 be a year in which:1. We act from hope and possibility rather than fear.2. We build bridges across our...
January 6, 2009 posted by admin Our New Year's Resolution as a nation is a simple one.  We should resolve to be honest with ourselves.
January 6, 2009 posted by  Linda Basch As we start off with our New Year’s Resolutions for the nation, I begin with an inspiring...

News

  • May 7, 2011

    The data in this chartbook describe women's experiences in the health care system, highlighting the differences between various sub groups of women, particularly those who are at risk for poor access to care, those who are low-income,...


  • May 3, 2011

    Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2011 report reveals that Norway is currently the best country in which to be a mother while Afghanistan is the worst. The United States ranks 31st.


  • October 28, 2010

    UNICEF: A new "Mother-Baby Pack " is being launched in Kenya to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. The Pack is a take-home box of PMTCT drugs designed for women and children who have no access to conventional, high-quality...


  • October 25, 2010

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: A new program has increased colorectal cancer screenings for minority women by partnering with mammography centers. Increasing access to the screenings is one way of removing barriers to this important...


  • October 14, 2010

    Women's eNews: A new study from George Washington University has showed that African American women are more likely than white women to die of breast cancer and to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease. Race is shown as a major factor for...