The Venezuelan Economic Crisis Poses Challenges to Women’s Health

The Venezuelan economic crisis brings unintended health effect to mothers and their newborn children. The country’s infant mortality rose 30 percent in 2016 while maternal mortality increased by 65 percent. [1] The government-owned healthcare system is directly affected by the diminishing economic situation. This state-owned healthcare system serves as the main resource for many women … Continue reading The Venezuelan Economic Crisis Poses Challenges to Women’s Health

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The Abuse in Prostitution

Sometimes referred to as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has a long history of abusing women. In addition to generally poor working conditions and unfair wage distribution between pimps and prostitutes, sex trafficking and child prostitution further the injustices of prostitution. The increased political focus on human rights point activists and policymakers to prostitution as … Continue reading The Abuse in Prostitution

Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

My great-grandmother was born in 1909 in Guadalajara, Mexico to a military general. Her mother passed away soon after her birth and her father died in the Mexican Revolution. She was adopted by a family with a large hacienda—or estate—and lived with them until she married my great-grandfather. Mexican tradition called for a man courting … Continue reading Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Women are peculiarly vulnerable when it comes to personal health and healthcare, facing the potential for breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers as well as the common maladies (heart disease, diabetes, etc) the male portion of the population shares with us. Living in a first-world country such as the United States of America provides a … Continue reading Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries

When we talk about women and healthcare, we often jump to maternal healthcare. Consequently, many of us have heard the horror stories of appalling maternal healthcare in developing countries. For example, one aid representative describes how in Malawi, there were “maternity wards where there would be 100 women in labour in the courtyard, and only … Continue reading Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries