Gender norms can play a huge role in the spread of HIV, too — women are often denied the ability to refuse sex with their partners, and lack the resources to seek medical treatment if they do think that they have been infected.And I'm not just talking about other countries here — 20 percent of new HIV infections in the U. are contracted by women each year, primarily via heterosexual contact. Sure, we've come a long way — but women are still at a sharp disadvantage in many arenas of life, including health.While women have a longer life expectancy than men in almost all countries, that doesn't necessarily mean that they get to enjoy healthier lives.When the data is broken down by gender, the differences are stark.Although women make up only 7 percent of the prison population, 66 percent of women in prison reported having a history of a mental disorder, almost twice the percentage of men in prison.
Half of the 35 million people living with HIV/ AIDS across the world are women — but in some areas, like sub-Saharan Africa, women can make up as much as 61 percent of the HIV/AIDS-afflicted population.
Citing a 2015 study on New York City’s jail mental health services, Cohen pointed out that at Rikers, “older white men were directed towards mental health services, while younger black and Hispanic men were directed to solitary confinement, and self harm.
I don't think that fact reflects different rates of mental illness, I think it demonstrates racial bias." Advocates for the incarcerated argue that for all people in prisons and jails — more than 2 million people nationwide — mental health services are lacking at best.
While malnutrition impacts two billion people worldwide, it hits women particularly hard.
Women with vitamin deficiencies are more likely to die during childbirth — and since half of all pregnant women in the developing world have anemia, malnutrition is the culprit behind 110,000 deaths during childbirth each year.