From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice

From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice

by Anne Firth Murray, Paul Farmer
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Common Courage Press


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From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice

From sex-selective abortions to millions of girls who are "disappeared," from 90 million girls who do not go to school to HIV/AIDS spreading fastest among adolescent girls, women face unique health challenges, writes Anne Firth Murray. In this searing cradle-to-grave review, Murray tackles health issues from prenatal care to challenges faced by aging women. Looking at how gender inequality affects basic nutrition, Murray makes clear the issues are political more than they are medical.

In an inspiring look, From Outrage to Courage shows how women are organizing the world over. Women’s courage to transform their situations and communities provides inspiration and models for change. From China to India, from Indonesia to Kenya, Anne Firth Murray takes readers on a whirlwind tour of devastation—and resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567513905
Publisher: Common Courage Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, teaches international women's health at Stanford University. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women. Ms. Murray serves on several boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the African Women's Development Fund, Commonweal, and GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa).

Table of Contents

Foreword   Paul Farmer     ix
Prologue: Darkness and Light     xiii
Critical Issues Faced by Resource-Poor Women     xv
Who is Worth Studying?     xvi
Turning a Blind Eye to Key Issues     xvii
Women's Health, Poverty, and Rights     1
Women and Poverty     2
Health Defined     6
Women and Human Rights: A Slow Dawning     8
Why Focus on Women?     12
From the Beginning, A Deadly Preference     17
How Do Girls Go Missing?     20
Demographic Imbalance and its Societal Effects     26
Signs of Changing Times     27
Childhood: The Hope of Education and the Persistence of Discrimination     31
Unequal Access to Nutrition and Health Care     32
The Great Hope of Education     33
A Violent Practice: Female Genital Mutilation     46
Other Current Challenges: Child Labor and Trafficking     55
Adolescence: Change and Vulnerability     61
Adolescence: A Time of Change     62
Early Childbearing and Early Marriage     65
The Female Face of HIV/AIDS     69
The Maternity Death Road: Reproductive and Sexual Health     85
ReproductiveChoice: Women's Access to Contraception     91
Safe and Legal Abortion: A Healthy Choice     97
Sexually Transmitted Infections     103
The Evolving Field of Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights     105
The Reading of the Names     109
Violence against Women: Abuse or Terrorism?     111
The Nature and Prevalence of Domestic Violence against Women     113
More Family Violence: "Honor" Killing and Dowry Death     123
Countercurrents against the Tide of Domestic Violence     126
Women Caught in Conflict and Refugee Situations     133
The Nature of Present-Day War     134
The Devastating Effects of War on Women     137
The Breakout of Conflict     138
Flight and Forced Migration     141
Unequal Access to Safe Haven     145
Life in a Refugee Camp     146
The Aftermath of Conflict     152
Laboring in a Globalized World     159
Women's Work: Unrecognized and Undervalued     160
Measuring Work: Not!     161
Informal "Paid" Work     162
Globalization: Boon or Bane for Women?     164
Moving to the City for Pay     172
Sex Trafficking      175
Sex Work by Choice     187
Taking Action     190
Aging in a Man's World     193
Demographics and the Feminization of Aging     194
What Does it Mean to be Elderly?     196
A Lifetime of Work     197
Older Women as Caregivers     200
Health Consequences of a Lifetime of Work     203
Social Exclusion and Loss     204
Characteristics of Older Women in Poorer Countries     209
Hopeful Signs     210
Turning the World Rightside Up     215
The Global Women's Movement     216
From Development to Human Rights to Paradigm Change     217
The Nature of Feminist Activism     220
Endnotes     227
Bibliography     249
Some Useful Resources     277
Gratitudes and a Personal Note     285
Permissions     288
Index     289
About the Author     311

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