Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Fontes Marx, Mayara
dc.contributor.author London, Leslie
dc.contributor.author Müller, Alex
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-10T06:08:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-10T06:08:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08-30
dc.identifier.citation Marx, M. F., London, L., & Müller, A. (2018). Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa. BMC international health and human rights, 18(1), 33.
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1186/s12914-018-0172-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28443
dc.description.abstract Background Despite 20 years of democracy, South Africa still suffers from profound health inequalities. Gender roles and norms are associated with individuals’ vulnerability that lead to ill-health. For instance, gender inequality influences women’s access to health care and women’s agency to make health-related decisions. This paper explores gender-awareness and inclusivity in organisations that advocate for the right to health in South Africa, and analyses how this knowledge impacts their work? Methods In total, 10 in-depth interviews were conducted with members of The Learning Network for Health and Human Rights (LN), a network of universities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which is explicitly committed to advancing the right to health, but not explicitly gendered in its orientation. Results The results show that there is a discrepancy in knowledge around gender and gendered power relations between LN members. This discrepancy in understanding gendered power relations suggests that gender is ‘rendered invisible’ within the LN, which impacts the way the LN advocates for the right to health. Conclusions Even organizations that work on health rights of women might be unaware of the possibility of gender invisibility within their organisational structures.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.source BMC International Health and Human Rights
dc.source.uri https://bmcinthealthhumrights.biomedcentral.com/
dc.subject.other Civil society organisations
dc.subject.other Gender invisibility
dc.subject.other Gender inequality
dc.subject.other Health and human rights
dc.subject.other Gender
dc.subject.other women’s health
dc.title Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2018-09-02T03:18:30Z
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dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Fontes Marx, M., London, L., & Müller, A. (2018). Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa. <i>BMC International Health and Human Rights</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28443 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Fontes Marx, Mayara, Leslie London, and Alex Müller "Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa." <i>BMC International Health and Human Rights</i> (2018) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28443 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Fontes Marx M, London L, Müller A. Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2018; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28443. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Fontes Marx, Mayara AU - London, Leslie AU - Müller, Alex AB - Background Despite 20 years of democracy, South Africa still suffers from profound health inequalities. Gender roles and norms are associated with individuals’ vulnerability that lead to ill-health. For instance, gender inequality influences women’s access to health care and women’s agency to make health-related decisions. This paper explores gender-awareness and inclusivity in organisations that advocate for the right to health in South Africa, and analyses how this knowledge impacts their work? Methods In total, 10 in-depth interviews were conducted with members of The Learning Network for Health and Human Rights (LN), a network of universities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which is explicitly committed to advancing the right to health, but not explicitly gendered in its orientation. Results The results show that there is a discrepancy in knowledge around gender and gendered power relations between LN members. This discrepancy in understanding gendered power relations suggests that gender is ‘rendered invisible’ within the LN, which impacts the way the LN advocates for the right to health. Conclusions Even organizations that work on health rights of women might be unaware of the possibility of gender invisibility within their organisational structures. DA - 2018-08-30 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - BMC International Health and Human Rights LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2018 T1 - Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa TI - Missing knowledge of gendered power relations among non-governmental organisations doing right to health work: a case study from South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28443 ER - en_ZA


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