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Speaker Explores Reproductive Health Care in Rural India

3/2/2007 —

Savita Singal, visiting professor, Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s Studies, Carleton University, Canada, is the featured speaker in Penn State York’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Speakers’ Series Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. The program, sponsored by Penn State York’s Department of HDFS and the Penn State York Diversity Committee, is free and open to the public.

Singal will speak about “Reproductive Health Care in India – Programs and Practices of Rural Women.” Singal will share her research and cover a variety of areas including gender issues and concerns in India, general pre- and post-natal health care practices of rural women, indigenous beliefs and practices related to reproductive health care (RHC), government programs for rural area, and awareness and use of health care programs by rural women.

During the presentation, SIngal will share pictures of rural women’s life and work as well as their conditions at home. According to SIngal, for rural women, a 16-hour work day is common even during pregnancy. In addition to household and child care activities, they are actively involved in agriculture and livestock, mainly dairy. Inspite of their productive roles, they have a low status.

SIngal has received a 25-year achievement award from the Association of Home Management Alumni, M.S. University of Baroda, India; a Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship Award from Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, India; and has participated at an international level at conferences and seminars around the world. A question and answer session will follow her presentation.

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