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10th International Women and Health Meeting

The 10th IWHM seeks to highlight politics, policies and issues that have adverse effect on women’s health and simultaneously bring out the linkages and interconnections of these seemingly disparate phenomena. As the title of the theme suggests, the attempt is to reiterate the holistic concept of health, and to strengthen the claim for health care and health as a justiciable right for all people. The lessons learnt from contemporary forms of advocacy, campaigns, mobilization and resistance to callous, coercive or exploitative state policies will be highlighted, for sharing and networking across other groups and regions. The 10th IWHM hopes that such global networking will eventually build into a movement that can make a difference to people’s lives and in particular, to women’s lives.

Introduction

The International Women and Health Meeting (IWHM) has its roots in the global women’s movement and includes a wide range of organizations, networks, and grassroots women’s groups. The 10th IWHM will mark nearly two and a half decades of the global feminist solidarity on issues that impinge on the health and well being of women.The 2005 Meeting is a significant one as it comes at a moment in history when several national and international forces adversely impact women’s health. The current context of global economic restructuring and liberalization of markets, increasing militarisation of countries and regions, growing fundamentalisms of various hues, resurgence of population policies, adoption and practice of developmental models and paradigms that are playing havoc with the environment, call for urgent action by civil society bodies, including women’s groups all over the world.

Goal and Aim

The 10th IWHM aims to centre stage the issue of women’s health as a fundamental right by providing a forum for participants to:

  • Understand the multi-dimensional ways in which this right is facilitated or violated;
  • Share the current modes of facilitation of these rights and / or struggles to oppose violations.
  • Examine linkages and arrive at a broad consensus on positions revolving around the focal themes of the meeting.
  • Strategize and help in strengthening the women’s health movement.

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