Jun 26, 2010

Women's Empowerment and Women's Health: Tragedy in Indonesia


In Indonesia, as in many other developing nations, women lack decision making even regarding their own healthcare. There is a direct link between gender inequality and maternal deaths. Women's empowerment is based upon girls completing primary and secondary school as well as acquiring an income generating skill so that they can control their earnings and lastly, women must be able to participate in household decision making. Indonesian tradition establishes that women should give birth at home; however, midwives and even skilled birth attendants are not capable of dealing with complications that may arise during labor. This is a direct violation of their reproductive and health right and is unacceptable. All governments need to recognize this and institute a holistic strategy that encompasses the cultural and social barriers that impede women's access to reproductive and emergency health care. Women's empowerment along with health system strengthening can slowly reverse the unnecessary deaths of these mothers and improve the overall health and quality of life for the entire family. Life For Mothers appreciates that this sub-standard care is unconscionable in the 21st century and must be addressed by funding programs that directly increase skilled health care for mothers, newborns and infants. Here's the link: http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=89150 

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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