As you might know already, Sustainable Development Goal #3 is to achieve good health and well-being for all in 2030. Check out our previous blog post for more information on what this goal means and how we can achieve it together according to the UN’s report and statistics!
Last week, we were all celebrating International Women’s Day. As such, we wanted to focus on women’s health and well-being by bringing attention to the many issues that women in this world are facing today + what steps we can take to better the well-being of all women.
As you can see, women around the world are plagued with particular health issues that most of us probably did not even know disproportionately affected half our population. As a result of systemic gender discrimination, women and girls experience a host of barriers to access healthcare and much needed services. Many experience compounding constraints as a result of their line of work (often unsafe environments or long hours of domestic work), being victims of sexual/gender violence, and having limited financial resources, among other things.
A particular concern is that everyday, about 830 women die from childbirth. This is what is called the issue of maternal mortality, or the death of women as a result of any pregnancy-related issue. Causes of maternal mortality include: severe bleeding or infections after childbirth, high blood pressure during pregnancy, delivery complications, and unsafe abortions. Such causes of death are often preventable if women receive skilled care before, after, and during childbirth—saving the lives of the mothers and their babies.
Over the years, we have been able to see a slow, but sure, reduction in maternal mortality globally. As such, a target under SDG 3 is to reduce the world’s maternal mortality ratio, with no country in the world having more than twice the global average.
To improve maternal health, we have to address particular barriers of access to the most vulnerable women, who are often rural residents of poor households. Learn more about what organizations like the World Health Organization and UN Women are doing to address the issue!
Highlighting Ways YOU Can Get Involved in Womens’ Health/Well-Being:
Global Fund for Women (https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/)
Amplify Her Voice Campaign: “Global Fund for Women supports women-led groups who are demanding rights and making history in their own communities. But too often, these women leaders go unheard. For International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, use your voice to support courageous activists shaping our future.” Check out the campaign and donate here!
Become an Advocate: “When lawmakers are making decisions about women’s health, they MUST hear from us—we are the experts. Our voices are most powerful together—and meaningful advocacy can be much easier than you may think. So, what are you waiting for? JOIN US.”
International Women’s Health Coalition (https://iwhc.org/)
Volunteer, Become a Movement Builder, Donate: “IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.” Learn more here.
Global Women’s Health Initiative (http://www.gwhi.org/)
Be Part of a Movement: “We believe that a healthy woman = a sustainable community. Everyone knows that communities with healthy women thrive.” Donate here.