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Geography, Health and Sustainability
Gender Matters Globally

ISBN 9780367743918
Published November 25, 2021 by Routledge
274 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.