Link between Maternal Healthcare and Gender Equity
One third of the population of Bangladesh is living in poverty. Women living in Bangladesh are at high risk for maternal mortality and morbidity in the postpartum period because of socio-economic and cultural barriers, some of which are related to gender inequity and inequality. The need for socio-economic relief for women living in rural Bangladesh remains one of the core issues that need addressed. Poverty is one of the root causes that have led to high maternal mortality and morbidities faced by Bangladeshi women in the prenatal and postpartum period and remains a serious barrier to gender equity and equality. Overall, there remains a need for evaluation of cultural barriers that negatively impact maternal health and socio-economic relief in the form of policy changes to specifically address gender inequity for women living in Bangladesh.
Walton, L. M., & Schbley, B. (2013). Maternal Healthcare in Bangladesh and Gender Equity: A Review Article. Online Journal of Health Ethics, 9(1).