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Health Equity in BrazilIntersections of Gender, Race, and Policy$
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Kia Lilly Caldwell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040986

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040986.001.0001

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Black Women’s Health Activism and the Development of Intersectional Health Policy

Black Women’s Health Activism and the Development of Intersectional Health Policy

(p.44) 2 Black Women’s Health Activism and the Development of Intersectional Health Policy
Health Equity in Brazil

Kia Lilly Caldwell

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines black women health activists’ contributions to an intersectional reconceptualization of health that links gender health equity and racial health equity. The analysis explores the development of black women’s organizations in Brazil and their advocacy and policy work related to reproductive health, female sterilization, and HIV/AIDS. The analysis also focuses on black women’s local, national, and transnational activism, particularly related to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism. The chapter argues that black women’s efforts to promote the development of non-universalist health policies underscores the importance of activists, scholars, and the Brazilian state reconceptualizing health disparities in ways that acknowledge the interrelationship among racial, gender, and socio-economic inequalities.

Keywords:   intersectional, black women activists, racial health equity, 2001 World Conference Against Racism, gender health equity, transnational activism, Brazil, reproductive health, female sterilization, HIV/AIDS

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