Report on experiences of women with Zika virus is released in Rio
FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) will host a roundtable on Wednesday, October 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for the launch of the report “Vozes Silenciosas: A Experiência da Mulher com o Zika Vírus” [Silent Voices: Experiences of Women with Zika Virus]. The report was based on an integrated approach to public health and human rights, and seeks to present a broader understanding of the health crisis caused by Zika virus. It also aims to highlight the role that structural inequalities have played in the spread of the epidemic and intensification of its impact, particularly with respect to women’s rights to make their own well-informed decisions autonomously. The event will be held in the auditorium of FGV’s main office (Praia de Botafogo, 190. 12th floor. Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro/RJ).
“The research is a pioneer in integrating an approach to public health and human rights in an analysis of the Zika outbreak, seeking to understand the structural inequalities that amplified the effects of the epidemic in a more holistic manner, especially with respect to the rights of women and persons with disabilities”, said Juliana Cesario Alvim, a researcher from the Global Health and Justice Partnership, Yale Law School.
According to professor Michael Freitas Mohallem, Coordinator of Direito Rio’s Center for Justice and Society (CJUS), the meeting is a great opportunity to discuss the omissions of governments in relation to women who are victims of both the lack of proper care during the prenatal period and the low effectiveness of prevention policies concerning the mosquitoes that infect them, such as that of the Zika virus.
The work is the result of research conducted by a multidisciplinary team of experts in public health and human rights from the Center for Reproductive Rights, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Women and Health Initiative – W&HI and Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership.
The topic will be discussed by Juliana Cesario Alvim, a researcher from the Global Health and Justice Partnership, Yale Law School; Sebastian Rodriguez Alarcon, a researcher from the Center for Reproductive Rights; Marcos Nascimento, a professor and researcher from FIOCRUZ; and Joana Passos, founder of Abraço a Microcefalia, with moderation by Michael Mohallem.
Go to the website to register.