New research published in the online journal of BMJ Open records that nations which supported strong women’s rights were more inclined to showcase results in better health, faster growth, than nations which did not nurture these values.
The researchers of the study drew attention to the fact that even while most of the world countries showcased good economic progress, women’s rights were often neglected, a fact which was prevalent even after the countries had signed the international bill which claimed women’s rights, known as The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The experts hence wanted to focus on a relationship between health improvement, protection of women’s rights and if these factors affected the sustainable development of the country. The researchers thus studied the impact of women’s rights on social, economic, civil and political rights of the nation.
For the study, researchers examined databases, which included information based on economic, social rights, as well as on health and human rights among 162 countries from the time period of 2004 to 2010.
Furthermore, the countries were grouped into a category that could check women’s social and economic rights, these were rated as high (44); moderate (51); and poor (63).
Results of the study conveyed that strong economic and social rights were linked with betterment and improvement of health outcomes, mostly owning to the expenses spent on health, per head of the country’s population. However, this wasn’t the case when dealt with the search for countries based on economic and social rights.
It was found that countries with strong women’s rights had escalated health provisions, these included provisions for vaccination, disease prevention, reproductive health and for death rates and life expectancy.
“The results confirm that even with a lack of resources, if a country has a strong human rights structure, the health outcomes are better,” the researchers explained.
However, countries where high political and civil rights were more influential than any other rights, showcased varying levels of health facilities. The results also conveyed that in countries where economic, cultural and social rights were respected, also did not always protect women’s economic and social rights.
For this observation study, researchers took help of average health values. The research will further acknowledge human rights trends to draw attention to overarching trends, where the experts mentioned that gender equality was not just a development issue, but also a women’s issue.
“Since the promotion and protection of women’s rights play a fundamental role for progress for states as they unite health, human rights and development, nations that have the ability to promote (women’s social and economic rights)…are missing a crucial component in positive health outcomes,” the experts continued.
“Today, the value of human rights has often been questioned from an economic standpoint; however, our data find that rather than limit progress, human rights, and (women’s economic and social rights) in particular, can only benefit them,” added the research team.