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Women empowerment and health


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Dr. Milagros Fernandez, a retired medical doctor from the Department of Health and now a Vice President for Mindanao of PFLCW, explained the inclusion of health provision in the Magna Carta of Women. #11thGA #PFLCW

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Women empowerment and health

  1. 1. November 21, 2013 1:00 – 1:30 P.M. By: Milagros L. Fernandez, M.D.
  2. 2. Women are a major target group for development policy and planning.
  3. 3. refers to the relations between women and men and to socially sanctioned roles that are acceptable for each sex.
  4. 4. refers to biological differences between males and females.
  5. 5.  Most significant sex differences relates to menstruation, pregnancy and breastfeeding in females; and the production of sperm in males.
  6. 6. refers to the provision and actualization in decisionmaking of women in the socio-economic, political and cultural development activities.
  7. 7.  In short, to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy.
  8. 8. Women’s Rights to HEALTH as embodied in R.A. 9710, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of
  9. 9. A. Comprehensive Health Services culture-sensitive gender-responsive covers all stages of a woman’s life cycle addresses the major causes of woman’s mortality & morbidity
  10. 10. 1. Maternal Care to include pre-natal services, delivery and post-natal services to address pregnancy and infant health and nutrition.
  11. 11. 2. Promotion of breastfeeding and proper nutrition for lactating mothers.
  12. 12. 3. Responsible, ethical, legal, safe and effective methods of family planning.
  13. 13. 4. Youth Sexuality Education and Health Services.
  14. 14. 5. Prevention and Management of reproductive tract infections including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  15. 15. 6. Prevention and Management of Reproductive tract cancers such as Breast & Cervical cancers, and other gynecological conditions and disorders.
  16. 16. 7. Prevention of Abortion & Management of pregnancy-related complications.
  17. 17. 8. In cases of Violence against women & children, women & children victims and survivors shall be provided with psychological, therapeutics, medical & legal interventions & assistance.
  18. 18. 9. Prevention & management of infertility and sexual dysfunction.
  19. 19. Care of elderly women. 10.
  20. 20. 11. Management, treatment, and intervention of mental health problems of women and girls.