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A Woman’s Worth

A Woman’s Worth
Health, Stigma and Discrimination in India

November 2019 | 224 pages | SAGE YODA Press
India has made remarkable headway in reducing the prevalence of infectious diseases and extending people’s life expectancy. But despite all the progress, the health of almost half of India’s population—that of women—is under threat. Sophie Cousins takes us through the life-cycle of Indian women, all the while examining how gender inequality and stigma affect their health. A Woman’s Worth details the desperate lengths to which women are forced to go to secure a son; investigates the vast challenges women face when trying to access contraception and abortion; discusses the double stigma women face when having an infectious disease such as HIV and tuberculosis; and examines why cervical cancer, one of the country’s biggest cancer killers, has long been ignored.

Weaving journalistic work with research, this book is a call to action for public health academics, policy makers, students and scholars of gender studies and public health, organisations working in the field, and general readers who have an interest in women’s lives and health.
Author’s Note
Part I: The Struggle to Survive
Sex Selection: Desperate Measures for a Son
Boys vs Girls: Child Mortality Inequity
From Birth to Death: The Maternal Death Road
Part II: Men over Women
Without Consent: Reproductive Rights under Attack
Fighting Stigma: HIV and Tuberculosis
Invisible Women: Injecting Drug Users
Part III: Past Her Peak
Cervical Cancer: An Ignored Disease
Widowed Women: The Toll of Neglect

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Sophie Cousins

Sophie Cousins is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her work focuses on the systems that exacerbate gender inequality and the impact this has on women’s and girls’ health. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from organisations including the United Nations Foundation and the South Asian Journalists’ Association. In 2017, she was awarded a grant by the South Asian Journalists Association to report on abortion in Sri Lanka. In 2018, she was part of the Fuller Project’s Global Women’s Issue Team reporting on sterilisation in India, and in early 2019 she was commended for her reporting on sexual health at the British... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353289768