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Invisible victims of sexual violence. Access to justice for women and girls with disabilities in India

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
April 2018

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This report is based on 17 cases of sexual violence against women and girls with disabilities in eight Indian states. It comes five years after The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 (the 2013 amendments) were adopted in India. It follows Human Rights Watch’s November 2017 report “Everyone Blames Me”: Barriers to Justice and Support Services for Sexual Assault Survivors in India, which found that rape survivors still face significant barriers obtaining justice and critical support services because legal and other reforms have not been fully realised.

This report finds that while the 2013 amendments have made significant progress in responding to the widespread challenges that victims of sexual violence endure, they have yet to properly develop and implement support for survivors with disabilities in the form of trainings and reforms throughout the criminal justice system. It highlights gaps in enforcement and calls for concrete measures to address the needs of women and girls with disabilities seeking justice for abuse. 

A period is no longer a full stop

PANDE, Alka
June 2009

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This article describes a UNICEF-funded initiative in Tamil Nadu, in India, to develop and trial sanitary napkin vending machines in government schools and colleges. A compact electronic incinerator for disposal of soiled napkins also was trialled. Overall these initiatives led to improved menstrual hygiene practices. This information is useful for people interested in menstral hygiene practices

Women and health : today's evidence tomorrow's agenda

ABOUZAHR, Carla
DE ZOYSA Isabelle
GARCIA MORENO Claudia
Eds
2009

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This is a report on women and health - both women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies. Women’s health has long been a concern for the World Health Organization but today it has become an urgent priority. This report explains why. Using current data, it takes stock of what is known about the health of women throughout their lives and across the different regions of the world

Numbers of women circumcised in Africa : the production of a total

YODER, P Stanley
KHAN, Shane
March 2008

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This paper gives the results of a study to find an estimated figure for the number of women in Africa who have undergone circumcision or female genital cutting (FGC). The study is based on women over the age of 15, although an appendix provides information about girls aged 10-14. A reliable figure helps in assessing the number of women at risk for female genital cutting and its complications in order to raise public awareness of the size and scope of the practice in some countries in Africa. Accurate information about the size and scope of this practice makes it possible to better estimate the need for specialised health care for women and to mobilise resources for advocacy against FGC

Menstrual hygiene : breaking the silence | Beyond construction : use by all|A collection of case studies from sanitation and hygiene promotion practitioners in South Asia

AHMED, Rokeya
YESMIN, Kabita
2008

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This paper provides information about an awareness-builidng programme from WaterAid Bangladesh focusing on the issue of menstrual hygiene. It highlights the incorporation of menstrual awareness and management in sanitation and hygiene programmes. This paper is useful for people interested in menstrual hygiene issues

Gender, health and development in the Americas : basic indicators 2005

GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND HEALTH UNIT (PAHO)
2006

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This publication aims to provide a set of basic statistical indicators that illustrate the differences between women and men in terms of health status and its socioeconomic determinants. Graphs are presented for some indicators of priority gender and health issues for which information is available in only a limited number of countries

Comprehensive cervical cancer control : a guide to essential practice

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
2006

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"This publication - produced by WHO and its partners - is designed to provide comprehensive practical advice to health care providers at all levels of the health care system on how to prevent, detect early, treat and palliate cervical cancer. In particular, the Guide seeks to ensure that health care providers at the primary and secondary levels will be empowered to use the best available knowledge in dealing with cervical cancer for the benefit of the whole community."

Innovations in supporting local health systems for global women's health : summary report of the Wye River, MD conference

PINHO, Helen de
KELLER, Elisabeth
BEHRMAN, Greg
2005

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This report summarises the key themes emerged during the 2005 symposium on 'Innovations in Supporting Local Health Systems for Global Women's Health'. It includes the 'Wye River Call to Action for Global Women's Health', which urges changes in the priorities that shape policies and resource allocation, universal access to health care, systematic changes in the health systems, and efforts in poverty reduction and development strategies

Ensuring women's right to life - saving mother's lives [whole issue]

COMMUNICATION FOR HEALTH INDIA NETWORK (CHIN) SECRETARIAT
Ed
January 2003

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This issue of the newsletter throws light upon the violation of women`s right to life, moving towards reproductive health, Safe Motherhood, observance of National Safe Motherhood Day, information about an alliance for Safe Motherhood and activities of partners to advance the rights of the vulnerable groups

Female genital mutilation : a teacher's guide : integrating the prevention and the management of the health complications into the curricula of nursing and midwifery

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Department of Gender and Women's Health
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Department of Reproductive Health and Research
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Family and Community Health
2001

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This manual is part of a set of training tools (which includes a teacher's guide, a student's manual and policy guidelines), which have been produced to build the capacity of health personnel to prevent and to manage the health complications of FGM. They aim to bring FGM into mainstream education for health professionals will increase the pressure for the elimination of the practice. The teacher's manual contains four modules. The first module gives an introductory overview of the problem, considering cultural, ethical and human right implications of the practice. Module 2 looks at ways of involving the communities, and policy makers, in the prevention of FGM. Module 3 explains how to provide support, both medical and psychological, to girls and women with FGM complications. Module 4 looks at the implications of FGM during pregnancy, labour, delivery and post-partum period and at ways to manage complications. This is a useful tool for nursery and midwifery teachers, for community and health workers, and for those willing to raise awareness around the issue of female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation programmes to date : what works and what doesn't, a review

MOHAMUD, Asha A
ALI, Nancy A
YINGER, Nancy V
et al
1999

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This review looks at the status of female genital mutilation programming, the types of behaviour change strategies being implemented, their successes and failures, what lessons have been learned, and what support and strategies are required if the goal of eliminating female genital mutilation is to be achieved. The review focuses on the African and Eastern Mediterranean regions

Psychosocial and educational services for female college students with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection

LINNEHAN, Mary Jane E
GROCE, Nora Ellen
1999

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College-age women have a high risk of acquiring human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which may have substantial psychosocial and physical effects. Young women who become infected need information and support from health care professionals, but little is known about providers' attitudes toward or provision of interventions for helping women cope with HPV

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