International Women's Health and Human Rights

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About this course: This course focuses on women’s health and human rights issues from infancy through old age, including information about positive interventions relating to those issues. Learners are encouraged to interact with each other through interactive discussions. It is important to us that this course be available to all learners. We encourage you to apply for Coursera's financial aid (see link to left) if the cost of the course certificate is difficult for you to afford. Please note that you may view all materials in this course, and participate in it, without purchasing a certificate. The course was co-created by Consulting Professor Anne Firth Murray and Kevin Hsu. Anne Firt…

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About this course: This course focuses on women’s health and human rights issues from infancy through old age, including information about positive interventions relating to those issues. Learners are encouraged to interact with each other through interactive discussions. It is important to us that this course be available to all learners. We encourage you to apply for Coursera's financial aid (see link to left) if the cost of the course certificate is difficult for you to afford. Please note that you may view all materials in this course, and participate in it, without purchasing a certificate. The course was co-created by Consulting Professor Anne Firth Murray and Kevin Hsu. Anne Firth Murray is the Content Director of the course; Kevin Hsu is the Design Director of the course.

Who is this class for: This course is directed toward undergraduate university students, but high school students and anyone else interested in the health and human rights of women will find it of interest.

Created by:  Stanford University
  • Taught by:  Anne Firth Murray

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction



1 video, 9 readings expand


  1. Reading: Welcome!
  2. Reading: Who we are
  3. Video: Welcome to the Course
  4. Reading: Our Textbook
  5. Reading: Assignments
  6. Reading: Complete a brief pre-course survey
  7. Reading: What resources are available to you?
  8. Reading: Visit internationalwomenshealth.org
  9. Reading: Sharing your work
  10. Reading: Create a local group

Graded: Complete the survey

Women's Rights = Human Rights
Learning the basics of women's rights and human rights. Why do we use the lens of human rights to examine women's issues?


6 videos, 8 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Why do we take a human rights lens?
  3. Reading: Women's Health, Poverty and Rights [Textbook]
  4. Discussion Prompt: What are my initial thoughts on these topics?
  5. Reading: About Akila Radhakrishnan
  6. Video: Akila Radhakrishnan on Women & Human Rights
  7. Reading: About Helen Stacy
  8. Video: Helen Stacy on Women's Health, Human Rights, and International Law
  9. Discussion Prompt: CEDAW in your Country
  10. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  11. Reading: WHO: Women and Health - Today's Evidence, Tomorrow's Agenda
  12. Reading: [Optional] We Women Worry a Lot about our Husbands (Ghana)
  13. Discussion Prompt: Reflect and Respond
  14. Video: Son Preference & Demography
  15. Reading: A Deadly Preference
  16. Video: Son Preference Conclusion
  17. Video: Week 1 Final Remarks

Graded: Check Your Learning: Women's Rights = Human Rights
Graded: Check Your Learning: A Deadly Preference
Graded: Thought Question on Women's Rights and Human Rights

WEEK 2


Education



5 videos, 10 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Introduction to Education
  3. Reading: Chapter 3. Childhood: the Hope of Education and the Persistence of Discrimination
  4. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  5. Reading: New Lessons: the Power of Educating Adolescent Girls
  6. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources on Girls' Education
  7. Reading: What Works in Girls’ Education
  8. Reading: About Lynn Murphy
  9. Video: Lynn Murphy on "Learning vs. Schooling"
  10. Reading: About Wu Qing
  11. Video: Professor Wu Qing from China
  12. Reading: About Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
  13. Video: Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg from Kenya
  14. Video: Week 2 Final Remarks
  15. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Education
Graded: Thought Question: Education

WEEK 3


Childhood & Adolescence: Female Genital Mutilation



4 videos, 10 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: Into a New World: Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Lives
  2. Reading: About this Module
  3. Video: Female Genital Mutilation
  4. Reading: A Violent Practice: Female Genital Mutilation [Textbook]
  5. Reading: World Health Organization
  6. Reading: UNICEF
  7. Video: UNICEF: Speaking out on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
  8. Reading: (optional) UNICEF Data
  9. Reading: Female Genital Mutilation: Guide to Laws and Policies
  10. Reading: Introduction to FGM in Sierra Leone
  11. Video: Isha Daramy on FGM in Sierra Leone
  12. Practice Quiz: Check-in on FGM
  13. Video: UNICEF: FGM in Côte d'Ivoire
  14. Reading: [Optional] Cultural Perspective on FGM
  15. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Female Genital Mutilation
Graded: Thought Question on Female Genital Mutilation

WEEK 4


Childhood & Adolescence: HIV/AIDS



8 videos, 11 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS
  3. Reading: Adolescence, Change & Vulnerability [Textbook]
  4. Reading: Women, Poverty, and AIDS
  5. Reading: Women Are Not Just Transmitters
  6. Practice Quiz: Check Your Learning: (Practice Quiz) HIV/AIDS
  7. Reading: About Dr. Gene Richardson (Stanford)
  8. Video: Dr. Gene Richardson on Gender & HIV/AIDS
  9. Video: Why South Africa?
  10. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  11. Video: What is 'structural violence'?
  12. Video: Changing Paradigms
  13. Reading: About TeachAIDS
  14. Video: About TeachAIDS
  15. Video: TeachAIDS India
  16. Reading: About G.R.A.C.E
  17. Video: Orphans in Africa
  18. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  19. Reading: About this Quiz
  20. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: HIV/AIDS
Graded: Thought Question: Structural Violence, HIV/AIDS

WEEK 5


Reproductive Health



6 videos, 15 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Introduction to Reproductive Health
  3. Reading: Why Child Marriage Persists
  4. Reading: Adolescent Pregnancy and Its Outcomes Across Countries
  5. Reading: About Dr. Caitlin Gerdts (UCSF)
  6. Video: Dr. Caitilin Gerdts on Reproductive Health
  7. Reading: The Maternity Death Road: Reproductive and Sexual Health [Textbook]
  8. Discussion Prompt: Responsibility for Pregnancy
  9. Reading: Spiraling Discourses of Reproductive and Sexual Rights
  10. Reading: Activism for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  11. Reading: Advancing women's reproductive and sexual health rights: Using the International Human Rights system
  12. Discussion Prompt: Reflect & Respond
  13. Video: Unwanted Pregnancy, Contraception, and Abortion
  14. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  15. Discussion Prompt: Reflect & Respond
  16. Reading: About Ipas
  17. Video: Safe abortion in Nepal - a success story
  18. Reading: Outcomes in Nepal
  19. Reading: Lesbians, Health and Human Rights
  20. Reading: The Maternity Death Road
  21. Video: Why Did Mrs. X Die?, Retold
  22. Reading: (optional) "Birth of a Surgeon" documentary film (Mozambique)
  23. Video: Final Remarks on Sexual Health
  24. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Reproductive Health
Graded: Thought Question: Reproductive Health

Engage Your Community - Assignment #1
One of two special assignments that will take you out to interact with members of your community


2 readings expand


  1. Reading: Engage Your Community - Assignment #1
  2. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Engage Your Community #1

WEEK 6


Violence Against Women in the Home and Community



3 videos, 16 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Violence Against Women
  3. Reading: "Violence against Women: Abuse or Terrorism?" [Textbook]
  4. Reading: WHO: Intimate partner and sexual violence against women
  5. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  6. Reading: About Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil)
  7. Video: Jacqueline Pitanguy on Violence Against Women
  8. Discussion Prompt: Reflect & Respond
  9. Reading: WHO: Going in Depth
  10. Reading: (Optional) Reflections on Violence, Subordination & Sexual Control (India)
  11. Reading: About the Film
  12. Video: From Fear to Freedom
  13. Reading: (Optional) Survey
  14. Reading: About the Women's Learning Partnership
  15. Reading: Impacts on Empowerment (Mexico)
  16. Reading: An Obstacle to Development (Global)
  17. Reading: WHO: Primary prevention strategies
  18. Reading: Ending Violence Against Women
  19. Reading: Conclusion
  20. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Violence Against Women
Graded: Thought Question: Violence Against Women in the Home & Community

WEEK 7


Women in War and Refugee Settings



6 videos, 15 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: War & Refugee Settings
  3. Reading: Women Caught in Conflict and Refugee Situations [Textbook]
  4. Reading: Defining "What is a refugee?"
  5. Reading: Female refugees
  6. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources on "Rape as a Weapon of War"
  7. Reading: About Tiela Chalmers
  8. Video: LGBTI Refugees
  9. Video: LGBIT Refugees (bonus)
  10. Reading: War and the Health of Women
  11. Reading: Forced Evictions in Situations of Armed Conflict (Middle East)
  12. Reading: Women, Violence and War (Balkans)
  13. Practice Quiz: Optional Reading Quiz
  14. Reading: About UN Special Representative Zainab Bangura
  15. Video: Zainab Bangura
  16. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  17. Reading: About Marjan Sax
  18. Video: Marjan Sax on Refugees in Europe
  19. Reading: About the Series "Women, War, and Peace" (2011)
  20. Reading: (optional) Film: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
  21. Discussion Prompt: Reflect & Respond
  22. Video: Final Remarks on Women in War and Refugee Settings
  23. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Women in War and Refugee Settings
Graded: Thought Question: Women in War & Refugee Settings

WEEK 8


Women's Quest to Escape Poverty: Work & Economic Empowerment



4 videos, 10 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Women in Poverty
  3. Reading: Laboring in a Globalized World
  4. Reading: UN WOMEN: Facts & Figures on Economic Empowerment
  5. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  6. Reading: About Violeta Krasnic
  7. Video: Violeta Krasnic on Women and Work
  8. Reading: The Global Gender Gap
  9. Video: The Global Gender Gap
  10. Video: Violeta's Comments on the Video
  11. Discussion Prompt: Reflect & Respond
  12. Reading: UN WOMEN: Decent Work and Women's Economic Empowerment
  13. Reading: UNDP: "Valuing Women's Work"
  14. Reading: UN Special Rapporteur: Unpaid Care Work and Women's Human Rights
  15. Discussion Prompt: Policy Frameworks for Gender Equality
  16. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Check Your Learning: Women's Work and Economic Empowerment
Graded: Thought Question: Women's Quest to Escape Poverty - Work & Economic Empowerment

WEEK 9


Women's Quest to Escape Poverty: Sex Work & Sex Trafficking



3 videos, 7 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Introduction to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking
  3. Reading: Sex Work and Sex Trafficking
  4. Reading: About Katherine Jolluck
  5. Video: Katherine Jolluck on Human Trafficking
  6. Reading: Trading women into sex and slavery
  7. Reading: International Trafficking in Women in the United States
  8. Reading: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta (India)
  9. Video: Voluntary & Involuntary Sex Work
  10. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Trading women into sex and slavery
Graded: International Trafficking in Women in the United States
Graded: Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta (India)
Graded: Check Your Learning: Sex Work and Sex Trafficking
Graded: Thought Question: Women's Quest to Escape Poverty - Sex Work & Sex Trafficking

WEEK 10


Women, Aging, and End of Life



3 videos, 10 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Introduction to Women Aging
  3. Reading: Aging in a Man's World [Textbook]
  4. Reading: UN WOMEN: Between Gender & Aging
  5. Reading: About Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd (Stanford)
  6. Video: Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd on Aging and Demographic Change
  7. Reading: (optional) Additional Resources
  8. Reading: Aging in a Gendered World & Special Problems in Developing Countries
  9. Reading: Who Cares for the Caregivers?
  10. Reading: Dying and Death
  11. Reading: Grandmother Power
  12. Video: Final Remarks
  13. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Aging in a Gendered World & Special Problems in Developing Countries
Graded: Who cares for the caregivers?
Graded: Check Your Learning: Women, Aging and End of Life
Graded: Thought Question: Women, Aging and End of Life

Engage Your Community - Assignment #2
Second of two special assignments where you engage with members of your community


2 readings expand


  1. Reading: Engage Your Community - Assignment #2
  2. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio

Graded: Engage Your Community - Assignment #2

Choosing Priorities, Making a Difference



5 videos, 11 readings expand


  1. Reading: About this Module
  2. Video: Women's Rights - Looking Back, Looking Ahead
  3. Reading: About Dr. Iman Bibars (Egypt)
  4. Video: Dr. Iman Bibars (Egypt)
  5. Reading: Turning the World Right-side Up [Textbook]
  6. Reading: About Ana María Enríquez (Colombia)
  7. Video: Ana María Enríquez (Colombia)
  8. Reading: How to Proceed from Concept to Action
  9. Reading: About Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (Kenya)
  10. Video: Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (Kenya)
  11. Reading: Women's Political Action (India)
  12. Reading: About Anne Firth Murray
  13. Video: Anne Firth Murray (New Zealand)
  14. Reading: (optional) Add to Your Portfolio
  15. Reading: Post-Course Survey
  16. Reading: Our alumni community: internationalwomenshealth.org

Graded: Check Your Learning: Choosing Priorities, Making a Difference
Graded: Thought Question: Choosing Priorities, Making a Difference
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