How healthy a country's population depends on how strong women's rights are in this country.
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Tue July 23, 2019
In countries where women have many rights, population health is better than in countries that do not allow women's rights or merely grant women's rights the rights of women. These countries are also improving in terms of environmental, social and economic factors, notes a new study at BMJ Open. This trend is also observed in poor countries.
An analysis of data on health, human rights and economic and social rights from 162 countries has shown that strong economic and social rights have generally been linked to better health. Researchers consider this to be a consequence of health expenditure per capita. However, the division of countries into three groups based on the economic and social rights of women was different: in countries with strong women's rights, their health was better than in countries where women's rights were only moderate or inadequately respected. were.
Health was also consistently better than the average in countries where access to hospital beds and doctors was below average, but human rights, including women's rights, were highly valued. Researchers conclude: "The results confirm that even if there is a lack of resources, health outcomes are better if the country has a strong human rights structure."
They point out that good economic progress has been achieved in many parts of the world, but women's rights are often overlooked. This also applies to countries that have signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Capable of promoting women's social and economic rights, t [fehlt] a key element for positive health outcomes, "they write.
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