Today is #WorldHealthDay
This year's theme is “Health for All.” But do you want to know a secret?
🏳️🌈👩🦼⚧️ If it’s not intersectional, it’s not for all! An #intersectional #feminist approach means no one is left behind! We are all equally worthy of receiving the care we need.
💫 Sex work is work, yet women sex workers have a 30% higher risk of contracting HIV compared to adult women in other working industries, mostly due to poor regulations and access to healthcare. In Thailand, sex workers struggle to access healthcare due to a variety of intersecting issues, including criminalization and stigma.
🚨 Trans, non-binary, gender fluid, intersex, and nonconforming gender people are excluded even from the most basic health services. For example, lesbian and bisexual women are less likely to obtain regular cancer screenings such as mammograms.
❗People with disabilities have twice the risk of developing certain health-related issues such as asthma, diabetes, stroke, and obesity, yet they continue to be marginalized and physically, mentally, and sexually abused within health services.
Indigenous people, especially women, have a life expectancy up to 20 years lower, partly due to poorly designed health systems. In Thailand, access to healthcare for Indigenous women is particularly challenging owing to their specific needs for sexual and reproductive healthcare services, overlooked in the national health policies.
🧳 Migrants and refugees' health tends to worsen in the destination country due to language barriers and cultural differences, and are sometimes forced into work and sex trafficking.
Mental and physical health should be inclusive and easily accessible for everybody.
📣 Manushya Foundation will not be silent about the need for better health systems for all groups, communities, and minorities. A good quality of life should not be a luxury!
#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings
👉 While you're here, have a look at some of our previous work:
➡️ March 1 marks #ZeroDiscriminationDay and the beginning of Bisexual Health Awareness Month, 28 February 2023
➡️ Mental Illness Stigma: What Society Got Wrong About Mental Health Issues, 21 October 2022
➡️ Joint Civil Society CEDAW Report detailing issues faced by women and marginalized women in Thailand, 7 October 2022
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheets on Everything You Need to Know About #WhatsHappeningInThailand', 15 October 2021
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheet on the Rights of People living with HIV and Drug Users, 29 September 2021
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheet on Safe Abortion, 29 September 2021
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheet on the Rights of Sex Workers, 29 September 2021
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheet on Indigenous Women, 29 September 2021
➡️ Thailand UPR III Factsheet on Indigenous People’s Rights, 9 September 2021
UN AIDS, Global HIV & AIDS statistics – Fact sheet, (2021), available at: https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet
Manushya Foundation, The rights of sex workers in Thailand. Factsheet, (29 September 2021), available at: https://www.manushyafoundation.org/thailand-third-upr-cycle-factsheet-the-rights-of-sex-workers
Hopkins Medicine, Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Issues, available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/lesbian-and-bisexual-womens-health-issues
World Health Organization, Disability, (7 March 2023), available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/disability-and-health
World Health Organization, Refugee and migrant health, (2 May 2022), available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/refugee-and-migrant-health
United Nations, Health, available at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/mandated-areas1/health.html