According to global indexes and national reports, health is one of the areas where gender equality is largely achieved in Turkey. Yet if health and wellbeing of women and girls is analyzed beyond the scope of these indexes, it is revealed that women and girls face many challenges.
The global statistics on gender equality in health and wellbeing remains limited to sex ratio and healthy life expectancy at birth. Yet, if we look into more specific data, we realise that women have much lower quality of life compared to men despite longer life spans. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eating disorders are more prevalent in women than in men. In addition, narrowly defining sexual health services as reproductive health creates lack of information for women and makes access to sexual health services more difficult.
The most important output from the challenge research is that many women experience similar issues in areas defined above, yet they are not able to share these common problems affecting their physical, social and mental health, among each other. In this regard, sharing common experiences is one of the most effective ways to empower women and ensure women enjoy good health and wellbeing. Sustainable models with the use of technology can enable women across different regions to come together by sharing experiences, learning from and consulting with each other.
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