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Women’s Health Issues in Africa

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While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Unequal access to information, care and basic health practices further increases the health risks for women.


It is 2012 and violence against women especially in Africa has exacerbated. Forced child marriages are on the rise, Children as young as 10 are having babies, FGM and Fistula are prevalent, statistics on violence against women is on the rise, 61% of new HIV infection are recorded in Sub-Saharan Africa, women are still economically disempowered in Africa, women’s reproductive rights and health are almost nonexistent. Discrimination on the basis of their sex leads to many health hazards for women, including physical and sexual violence, sexually-transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, malaria and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Tobacco use is a growing threat among young women, and mortality rates during pregnancy and childbirth remain high.


When we consider that the bane of the society is family unit the backbone of which is the woman, we can see that a decline in the well being of the woman is the unraveling of the society. Today we will explore what got lost in translation from The Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing declaration in 1995 to today, what are some of the issues that hold the African woman back and we will suggest ways to correct these ills in our society.