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Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

Portrait of two women, Viet Nam
Henriette Jansen

Achievement 5: women's health is more than maternal health

In the early part of the last century, women's health was solely understood in the context of reproductive roles or of motherhood. Women's health researchers and activists broadened this definition to address other health issues, women and girls of all ages and structural factors of disadvantage (such as gender inequality, class or social position) at household and community levels. Both sex (biology) and gender (social norms) are important determinants of health that need to be addressed.

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