Sick of It

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Author: Sophie Harman

Category: Society & social sciences

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Virago

ISBN: 9780349017211

RRP: $34.99

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A powerful call to confront the reasons why global politics is jeopardising women’s health across the world, by a prize-winning academic.

We know the causes of death and disease among women all over the world. We have the funding and commitment from governments and philanthropists to tackle it. So why are women still dying when they don’t have to?

In In this essential, accessible book, Professor Sophie Harman argues that women’s health is being caught in the crossfires of global politics – and gives us a roadmap for how we might stop it.

Harman uses case studies like the repeal of abortion rights, Serena Williams’ near-death experience, and the bombing of maternity hospitals in Ukraine, as well as less well-known issues like health-washing by countries including Rwanda and exploitation of women by the very health organisations who are supposed to help them, to illustrate how women’s health is being used and abused by politics and politicians across the globe. Through these stories, Sick of It explores urgent, topical questions around populist politics, big data and how women’s work is valued, and offers smart solutions on how to fix this crisis through activism and political work.

Sophie Harman is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London with over fifteen years of experience working on global health politics. She’s worked in/with Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Geneva and Washington DC, UN Women, the Fawcett Society, and advised the UK govt on the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s written for the Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, The Conversation, and Tortoise, and has appeared as an expert on television and radio for BBC News, BBC Wales, LBC, and BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2016 she was selected to join the BBC’s Expert Women programme. In 2019 she was nominated for a BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for the narrative feature film she co-wrote and produced, Pili.

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