About this Research Topic
Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in the world is one of the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. In this regard, despite substantial progress attained in the last three decades, many challenges still remain, in terms of difficulties in entering University and advanced educational programs, accessing health care, gender pay gap, underrepresentation at the political level, and gender-based violence. These problems and inequalities are particularly evident for women living in developing countries and for migrant women, and may be exacerbated by the effects of the current COVID-19 crisis.
Empowering women is a goal as well as a promoter of development. It can lead women to participate in social and political life; it can promote their effective involvement and lead to equal opportunities in the labor market. This can have a noteworthy impact on health, ensuring better care, social protection and promotion, universal access to sexual and reproductive health, as well as the reduction of harmful practices such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting. It can also lead to reduce all forms of violence against women and girls in the private and public sphere, thus decreasing the impact of violence. Empowerment can be important for the most vulnerable women, and especially for migrant women, who are particularly exposed to the effects of violence, discrimination, and underrepresentation.
We welcome submissions related to all themes concerning women's empowerment and its consequences on health, mental health, physical and psychological wellbeing, and social welfare. Contributions may focus on women’s conditions in both developed and developing countries. We especially encourage research papers related to the condition of migrant women, their empowerment and wellbeing. Papers may include (but not limited to) women’s empowerment, the health and welfare state of migrant women in developed as well in developing countries, sexual and reproductive health, female genital mutilation/cutting, violence against women and its relation to mental health. Examples of papers that would be welcome include contributions documenting progress on women’s situation and the current condition in specific countries and/or in comparative contexts; policy papers evaluating prevention strategies applied; papers reporting new research on determinants and correlates of empowerment; articles describing new findings on the consequences of empowerment.
Keywords: Women, Health, Empowerment, Migration, Gender Gap
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