Colleagues at the Women’s Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise at the University of California Global Health Institute are working to develop a multidisciplinary book on women’s health and empowerment. The book will feature a set of case studies that examine the application of a specific disciplinary (or multi-discplinary) approach to addressing issues of women’s health and empowerment. The book is being designed as a textbook to be used in undergraduate and graduate programs focused on global health, women’s studies, development studies, medical anthropology, sociology and other related disciplines. See below for the call for abstracts and case study nomination form.
Call for Abstracts
Women’s Health &Empowerment (WH&E) COE
The WH&E COE believes that advances in women’s health globally are impeded by poverty, limited access to educational and economic opportunities, gender bias and discrimination, unjust laws, and insufficient state accountability. These forces intersect to restrict access to vital women’s health services and the information that women need to improve their lives. By prioritizing women’s health concerns, rights, and empowerment, this COE is uniquely poised to catalyze societal-level changes that will yield sustainable improvements in health and well-being for women on a global scale.
We envision a world in which all women and girls are empowered and healthy. Our mission is to promote justice, equity and scientific advances to reduce gender and health disparities globally. Grounded in human rights principles, our approach is interdisciplinary and transformative. Through innovative research, education and international collaboration, we build and strengthen the capacity of the next generation of leaders in women’s health and empowerment. Our core activities focus on assuring safe motherhood, reducing violence against women, improving access to family planning and reproductive technologies, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, preventing HIV/AIDS, and reducing environmental threats to women’s health.
The WH&E COE is developing a multi-disciplinary book of case studies that address the intersection of scholarship and practice in two areas: women’s health and women’s empowerment. The book will document innovative research and programmatic efforts in the field and will strive to capture and define the latest thinking within the interlinked areas of women’s health and empowerment. Each chapter will include a “lead-in” section written by an expert in the specific chapter discipline and incorporate one or more cases to effectively document the “real world” experience of the intervention or study.
Each abstract must consider both women’s health and empowerment. The book will be designed as a textbook in undergraduate and graduate programs focused on global health, women’s studies, development studies, medical anthropology, sociology and other related disciplines. Questions at the end of each chapter will aid in learner assessment and enhance the utility of the text in the classroom.
We are eliciting abstracts from authors interested in contributing to this multi-disciplinary textbook. Abstracts will be screened as below and the selected authors will be asked to contribute to a chapter for this book project in consultation with its editors over the 2011-2012 calendar year. Travel stipends for case study completion may be available.
1. Features innovative field research and/or programs that address the intersection of women’s health and empowerment,
2. Facilitates students’ learning about the interrelated nature of women’s health and empowerment,
3. Documents major lessons learned from these projects, including challenges and failures, and
4. Includes an assessment of how the specific effort has been effective or ineffective and clearly analyzes the reasons for its success or lack thereof.
- An abstract of no more than 500 words should state the premise of the case study (principal research question/hypothesis or programmatic intervention), discuss its significance, and describe the methods and data sources.
- If the case is based on a partnership, state the manner in which partners will be included in the development of the case study. Considering the audience for the book will be from multiple disciplines, both academics and practitioners, abstracts should avoid disciplinary jargon to promote inclusivity.
- Your curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)
Review Process & Criteria
All submitted abstracts will go through an initial screening review. Based upon the initial review, the author will be contacted with questions of clarification and initial feedback. For abstracts that successfully pass the initial screening, authors may submit a “revised” abstract that incorporates requested revisions. Each first-round selected abstract will be presented to the COE members during a mid-November 2010 meeting. The presentations will be done either in person or electronically. The final abstract selections will contribute significantly to the formulation of the individual book chapters.
The abstracts will be rated upon the:
1. Innovative contribution to women’s health and empowerment,
2. Comprehensiveness of argument and analysis,
3. Capacity to communicate cutting edge research and/or programmatic intervention,
4. Strength of evaluation of the documented success or failure,
5. Inclusion of the perspectives and engagement of the population that stands to benefit from research or program, and
6. Proposed recommendations.
All abstracts must be submitted by 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on October 15, 2010. Abstracts should be sent to Katie Gifford (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be in a Word document format. If you would like to discuss a concept prior to submission, please contact Katie Gifford at the above email address.
Nomination of Case Concept
Click here for the nomination form. Please use the form to nominate case concepts of particular interest. The COE will follow up directly with the nominee contact to facilitate full abstract development.