1st Edition

Geography, Health and Sustainability Gender Matters Globally

Edited By Allison Williams, Isaac Luginaah Copyright 2022
    274 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    With a global commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030, the SDGs present a historic opportunity to place gender as central to human progress across the globe. Gender equality, which requires the empowerment of all women and girls, is an explicit goal, in addition to being a fundamental prerequisite to and facilitator of most other SDGs. This edited collection provides a range of geographical and geospatial insights, from a variety of disciplinary and country-specific perspectives, to better understand gender and sustainable development. In addition to several African countries, Mexico, Japan, Canada, USA, and Cambodia are featured. A range of topical case studies examine women’s domestic and care work, including water collection, breastfeeding, food purchasing, and caring for elderly family members. Access to health care services is examined in the case of breast screening and antenatal care. Women’s engagement in the labour force is also addressed, with a specific look at the renewable energy sector; structural barriers to employment are discussed across a number of chapters, with clear strategies to break through these barriers. Finally, theoretical insights are proposed in better understanding and engaging in gendered inequalities in health.

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Isaac Luginaah, Allison Williams & Andrea Rishworth

    Part 1. SDG 5: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls

    Chapter 2. Gender, Adolescents, and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana

    Rev. Yaa Adobea Owusu

    Chapter 3. Sustainable Development Goals and the Internal Logics of ‘Gender Equality’ in the Liberian Context

    Erica S. Lawson, Florence W. Anfaara & Ola Osman

    Chapter 4. Global Trends in Women’s Employment in Renewable Energy: Continuities, Disruptions and Contradictions

    Rabia Ferroukhi, Celia García-Baños López & Bipasha Baruah

    Chapter 5. Producing Gender Statistics at Local Level: The Case of Mito-city, Japan

    Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Reiko Gotoh, Miya Ishitsuka, Yoshitaka Hojyo

    Part 2. Target 5.4: Value Unpaid Care and Promote Shared Domestic Responsibilities

    Chapter 6. Gender Statistics, Geospatial Analysis and Sustainable Development Goals: A Case Study of Mexico

    Margarita Parás Fernández, Claudia Tello de la Torre & Paulina Grobet Vallarta

    Chapter 7. Understanding Women’s Unpaid Work and Domestic Work: Using Photovoice to Capture Immigrant Carer-employee Experiences in Southern Ontario, Canada

    Zahra Akbari & Allison Williams

    Chapter 8. Resource insecurity and gendered inequalities in health: a challenge to sustainable livelihood.

    Godfrey Boateng

    Chapter 9. "Today men’s orientation has changed": gender and household water and sanitation responsibilities in Ghana

    Florence Dery, Meshack Achore & Elijah Bisung

    Chapter 10. Canvas Totes and Plastic Bags: The Political Ecology of Food Assistance Effectiveness at Farmers’ Markets in Minneapolis-St Paul, USA

    Sophia Alhadeff & William Moseley

    Part 3. Target 5.6: Universal Access to Reproductive Health and Rights

    Chapter 11. Internal Migration as a Determinant of Antenatal Care in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana: Does Length of Residence Matter?

    Jemima Nomunume Baada & Bipasha Baruah

    Chapter 12. Longitudinal analysis of progress in women’s empowerment and maternal mortality outcomes: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

    Joseph Kangmennaang, Meshack Achore, Gurvir Kalsi, George Atiim & Elijah Bisung

    Chapter 13. Mental Health, Quality of Life and Life Experiences of Ghanaian Women Living with Breast Cancer

    Rhonda A. Boateng & Allison Williams

    Chapter 14. Event-History Analysis of Determinants of Breastfeeding in Cambodia: Evident from Demographic and Health Survey

    Mengieng Ung & Sheila A. Boamah

    Chapter 15. The World We Want: The Development We Want

    Andrea Rishworth & Christina D’Alessandro


    Allison Williams is Professor in the School of Earth, Environment & Society at McMaster University. She is trained as a health geographer in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. She leads a partnership grant to create carer-inclusive workplaces.

    Isaac Luginaah is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Western Ontario and member of the College of The Royal Society of Canada. His research interests include environment and health, population health, and GIS applications in health.