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Drexel: New Study – Protecting Women’s Rights Supports Health and Economic Development

Ensuring that women are highly respected and strengthening women’s rights may produce benefits for all members of a society, according to new research conducted by Dr. Kamiar Alaei, a distinguished visiting Global Health Scholar at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and his co-authors. The work was published in June in the journal, BMJ Open.

The research team’s objective was to assess the correlation between protecting women’s economic and social rights (WESR), health improvement and sustainable development, on a global scale. The study is based on data gathered in a cross-country analysis of health, human rights, economic and social rights in 162 countries, for the period 2004 to 2010.

Study findings revealed a correlation between WESR and health outcomes. An additional  analysis separated the countries into three clusters, based on the WESR variable: 1. countries where WESR were ‘highly respected’ (44 countries); 2. countries where WESR were ‘moderately respected’ (51 countries); and 3. countries where WESR were ‘poorly respected’ (63 countries).

The researchers found that the countries which ‘highly respected’ WESR had better average health values compared with the second and third clusters, demonstrating that countries with a strong women’s rights status had better health outcomes.

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