Feminist perspectives on women’s health in protracted crisis

Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Monday, 22 January 2018 - 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
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In this talk, Sawsan Abdulrahim examines two social and health outcomes that affect women in displacement – early marriage and poor birth outcomes – through a feminist approach based on examining intersections between gender and other forms of inequities. Employing a social structural analysis, the talk will delineate the multitude of factors that lead to the rise in early marriage under conditions of displacement. The talk will also analyze the paradoxical phenomenon of the relatively good birth outcomes of migrant women, despite poor living conditions and socioeconomic disadvantage. Abdulrahim’s analysis builds on the feminist approach that an adequate understanding of women’s health demands an in-depth examination of the socio-political context within which health is experienced.