Hijacking Women's Health
Department of International Relations Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture 2022
Tuesday 4 October 2022 90 minutes
Speaker: Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London, where she teaches and conducts research into Global Health Politics, Africa and International Relations, gender and feminism, and Visual Politics.
Discussant: Marsha Henry, Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Studies, LSE
Chair: William A Callahan, Professor of International Relations, LSE
Women’s health is and always has been hijacked for political ends. The US Supreme Court overturning of Roe vs Wade is but another example of elites using the needless death of women to further their own political advantage.
In this year’s Fred Halliday lecture, Professor Sophie Harman sought to answer two fundamental questions: first, why do women die when they don’t have to? and second, what happens when we take the relationship between women’s health and global politics seriously?
To answer these two questions, Harman mapped key trends in how women’s health is used and abused for political advantage around the world; and offer a key provocation, that these trends are fundamental to understanding, and even predicting, the chaos and crisis the world finds itself in. Women and women’s health saw it coming.
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