Women and Health;

gender

Strength has no gender

 The health of women is key to the growth of any nation
Celebrated every 8th day of March is the International Women’s Day.
It was originally called International Day for Working Women.
The theme this year is Pledge for Parity.
 
 
Parity means a state of being equal or having the same condition either in pay or status.
Until recently, women and by extension girls were seen as endangered species. In view of this, they were deprived of certain roles and positions in the society.
 
Times have changed and a lot of evolution has occurred. Women now hold key positions at work and in the society at large.
Nevertheless, they aren’t there yet. There are still lots of spaces to be filled.
The appeal is this :
Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help make gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
 
They are not calling for equality in the home but a place in the society.  
They deserve to be respected, honoured and treated with great delight.
They need special attention in terms of medical care. According to WHO, there are more women with mental health illnesses than men.
“Gender differences occur particularly in the rates of common mental disorders – depression, anxiety and somatic complaints. These disorders, in which women predominate, affect about 1 in 3 people in the community and constitute a serious public health problem,” particularly unipolar depression.
Studies also show that women are more open to high percentage of body fat than men.
It is well established that women generally have a higher percentage of body fat than men. A healthy range of body fat for women is 20-25%, and a healthy range of body fat for men is 10-15% (Robergs and Roberts, 1997).
A body fat percentage over 20% for men or 30% for women is considered an indication of obesity. Body fat distribution varies among people and is a determinant of cardiovascular risk. Some people carry more of their body fat in and around the abdominal area. This type of fat deposition is known as android, or apple body type and is most characteristic among men. The android body type is associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The body type most common among women is the gynoid, or pear body type. This body type is characterized by fat stores in the hip and thigh region (Robergs & Roberts, 1997).
The risk of cancer is higher in women than men especially given the high prevalence of Breast, Ovarian and Cervical Cancers.
The setting up of maternal and child centers are good initiatives but there is more to be done.
The rural communities need orientation on the importance of the girls are not  slave machines but valuable tools and in turn viable women
How Do You Come In
  1. Globally, with people pledging to move from talk to purposeful action – and with men and women joining forces – we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?
  2. Educate the girl child and you would have built a nation.
  3. Special health care from cradle to adulthood is extremely important. Such as pap smear and a whole of other female tests that are needed. This would help  cut maternal morbidity and infant death.
  4. Pay special attention to what they eat and drink. This helps them grow well and healthy.
  5. Make them take responsibilities and actions but ever ready to correct where necessary. This brings about balance psychologically.
  6. Security measures to be taken as to avoid kidnaps and rape. This prevents cases of mental illness such depression etc.
  7. Teach self-defense in schools so they can  defend themselves when faced with seemingly oppressive moments. They are seen as weaklings and there is always an attempt to take them for granted.
  8. Show love to a girl child.
The appeal is this :
Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help make gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls make their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
 
They are not calling for equality in the home but a place in the society.  
They deserve to be respected, honoured and treated with great delight.

Women’s health is key to the existence of a nation hence we need pay special attention to them

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

Until then, contribute your quota

Happy Celebrations!!

Please Listen to this International Women’s Day Song

Toluse Francis

Toluse Francis believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone. He is a long -time volunteer with Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry. He loves to care for people. Toluse Francis is a Health Coach and author He is interested in seeing people eat healthy and get productive. He believes a healthy lifestyle is paramount for everyone.

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