Issues

A challenging aspect of working in the field of international women’s health is the complexity of the issues in play. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights and health involve medical, social, political, religious, economic, and cultural aspects that can contribute to the makeup of a particular issue. Looking at one piece of the puzzle does not provide a sufficient analysis, just as tackling only one aspect of an issue will not lead to a sustainable resolution. If one begins to consider the issue of safe motherhood, for example, one ends up discussing nutrition, state medical facilities, political interests, poverty, fistula, women’s social status and much more. To better illuminate some of the context surrounding international women’s sexual and reproductive health, some information is collected here about issues addressed by our programs and related to the work of the IWHP.