Integrating women's human rights into global health research: An action framework

Donna Baptiste*, Chisina Kapungu, Manorama H. Khare, Yvonne Lewis, Linda Barlow-Mosha

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This article uses Scale of Change theory as a framework to guide global health researchers to synergistically target women's health outcomes in the context of improving their right to freedom, equity, and equality of opportunities. We hypothesize that health researchers can do so through six action strategies. These strategies include (1) becoming fully informed of women's human rights directives to integrate them into research, (2) mainstreaming gender in the research, (3) using the expertise of grass roots women's organizations in the setting, (4) showcasing women's equity and equality in the organizational infrastructure, (5) disseminating research findings to policymakers in the study locale to influence health priorities, and (6) publicizing the social conditions that are linked to women's diseases. We explore conceptual and logistical dilemmas in transforming a study using these principles and also provide a case study of obstetric fistula reduction in Nigeria to illustrate how these strategies can be operationalized. Our intent is to offer a feasible approach to health researchers who, conceptually, may link women's health to social and cultural conditions but are looking for practical implementation strategies to examine a women's health issue through the lens of their human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2091-2099
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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