Monday, 30 April 2007

Part of the plot?

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There was a letter in the Lancet this week, which starts off saying "Sadly, The Lancet is still part of the plot" in response to an earlier article "The Health of Women".

The earlier article, published for International Women's Day, states "no country in the world can women claim to have the same rights and opportunities as men. This is especially so in the context of health", giving as an example sexual and reproductive health accounting for a third of lost life-years in women of reproductive age.

The letter writer claims that yes, there is sexual inequality, but that the problem is men's health and not women's. He bases his argument on articles which discuss the UK and Australia, totally ignoring the situation in the developing world.

I really hope someone with a better understanding of the issues will reply.

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