THE PURSUiT OF AUTONOMY: HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE AND iTS EFFECTS ON THE AUTONOMY OF WOMEN

Introduction:



Across the world, an irrevocable, terrifying truth has been accepted: healthcare systems are not built for women. Whether it is the lack of adequate knowledge about women's bodies or the dismissal and simplification of women's health down to simply reproduction, more needs to be done about the quality and nature of women's healthcare globally. This report discusses the multifaceted issues that come with accessing health systems as a woman, and the implications of these flaws.


Context:



Autonomy is considered to be one of the irrevocable rights we hold as human beings. The capacity of an individual to make their own independent decision on matters of health and prosperity is the cornerstone of a developed society. In this regard, the healthcare infrastructure internationally has failed women in protecting their right to make educated, autonomous decisions. From the ancient societies that viewed women to be “deformed variation of men” to women being viewed simply as instruments of child rearing, the basis of women’s health is founded solely around their fertility which has and continues to hold back the healthcare system in providing adequate care. This issue intersects with other variables such as race, religion, and class depending on each country; however, the common denominator is that the women globally suffer due to the lack of understanding and importance placed on women’s health...




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Author: Devika Panicker