On International Womens Day, Canadian women can celebrate good health and a life expectancy of 83 years. But in Africa, many women can only expect to live to be 54.
Today is the 101st International Women’s Day celebration. According to internationalwomensday.com the theme of this year’s event is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures. The United Nations has declared it to be “Empower rural women—end hunger and poverty.” In Canada it’s Strong Women, Strong Canada with an emphasis on women in rural, remote, and northern communities.
Women’s health in Canada
No matter what theme is being celebrated, it’s a good time to take stock of women’s health. According to the report Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report by the Government of Canada, in 2009,
Women’s health abroad
A World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet on women’s health (2009) paints a much less rosy picture for women globally, especially in developing countries.
The WHO reports that many health problems older women face around the world can be attributed to bad health habits in adolescence and adulthood, including smoking, sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy diets.
Resolve to be healthy
New Year’s resolutions may be long forgotten, but this International Women’s Day, take a moment to assess your health and resolve to make one healthy change in your life. Learn about women’s health issues. We’ve come a long way, baby, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to the global health of women.