12 Women’s Health Is a Community Issue
➤ For other ideas of
how your partner can
help, see page 14.
It does not have to be this way
The way societies are organized forces most women into
lives of poverty and poor health. But societies could be
organized in a way that favors health instead of disease.
Since the causes of poor health exist at the family, community,
and national levels, changes to improve women’s health must
happen at each of these different levels.
Working for change in your family
You can improve your health by learning about women’s
health problems and by making changes in your own life and in
your family. Talk with your partner about what you each need to
have better health, including practicing safer sex and sharing the
workload fairly. You can also work to improve the health and
future of your children. Here are some ideas:
Raising our children for a better world
How we raise our children, from the moment they are born, will determine much
of what they believe and how they act as adults.
As mothers, we teach our children every day of their lives:
• When we feed our husbands and sons first, we teach our children that girls’ and
women’s hunger is less important.
• When we send only our sons to school, we teach our children that girls do not
deserve the opportunities that come from an education.
• When we teach our sons that it is manly to be violent, we raise violent men.
• When we do not speak out against violence in our neighbor’s house, we teach
our sons that it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife and children.
As mothers, we have the power to change who our children will become:
• We can teach our sons to be kind and compassionate, so they will grow up to
be kind and compassionate husbands, fathers, and brothers.
• We can teach our daughters to value themselves, so they will
expect the same from others.
• We can teach our sons to share
and take pride in household
work, so their sisters, wives and
daughters do not suffer the
burden of overwork.
• We can teach our daughters to be more
independent by finishing school or learning a skill.
• We can teach our sons to respect all women and to
be responsible sexual partners.
We can raise our children for a better world.
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