Health and social justice

Zika

J.SOC

The Zika epidemic in Brazil introduced a new chapter in the discussion about intersectionalities in defense of reproductive justice during public health emergencies. The Zika crisis has highlighted how the absence of answers that consider inequalities, especially those of gender and race, exacerbates those inequalities and aggravates the crises. The ongoing public health problem caused by the Zika virus and by Covid-19 exacerbates a wide range of human rights violations, especially women’s sexual and reproductive rights, as well as social protection for children with disabilities and their caregivers. For the women, girls, children, and families that were affected or living in endemic regions, Zika has become an endless epidemic that still demands local and national actions to protect rights.

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