January 20, 2022

The importance of Inclusion.

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) affects, and is affected by the intersectionality of people’s personal experiences and relationships and by the broader structural context of their lives which shapes their overall health and well-being. This context includes gender inequality as a determinant on its own and in combination with other social and economic inequalities including: unequal power dynamics in interpersonal relationships, harmful gender and other socio-cultural norms and practices, limited economic circumstances, lack of access to education, limited employment opportunities, poor living conditions, disability, ethnicity, as well as the challenging political and legal environments where they live. Studies have shown that harmful gender norms that promote male dominance over women prevent women from practicing safer sex, limit their use of contraceptives, and increase their risk of STIs, including HIV]. Similarly, research has also shown a relationship between violation and neglect of human rights and negative health outcomes and emphasizes the need to better integrate human rights approaches into interventions, particularly with attention to provider training, service delivery, raising awareness and capacity building.

At Advocacy for Women’s Health Support Initiative, we strive to bring inclusion of all genders in equal opportunity, a society where both men and women live to enjoy equal rights and freedoms. With a holistic approach, we have promoted inclusion through creating opportunities for disadvantaged women like sex workers through empowering them to participate in economic activities and skilling them in various entrepreneurial skills. With support from our donors, we have managed to mobilize funds to participate in these activities. We look forward to bringing more inclusive services to the disadvantaged women in society.