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    We need much more information on the impact of health sector reform.

    Tajer D

    Women's Health Journal. 2003 Apr-Jun; (2):13-15.

    I feel that such opportunities are very important because in general the women's health movement has not been very involved in the analysis of neoliberal reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, it is interesting to note that in the 1980s and 90s the women's movement -unlike the movement in defense of health- addressed the issue of health from a rights-based perspective, even though this term was not yet used. Those of us who were involved in the movement to defend health talked about how to apply the reform, how to improve it, but the issue of health as a right was not in our discourse. Based on this experience, it is important that organized women become involved in the analysis of the reform, At one point, the international agencies called together those of us specializing in gender and other key representatives of the women's movement to contribute a gender perspective to the neoliberal reforms. In hindsight, it is clear that we weren't on the same page: a perspective based on rights as the guiding principle for analyzing health was attempting to interface with an approach to health that has absolutely nothing to do with rights. In order to overcome this impasse, the women's movement needs to strengthen its alliances with other sectors critical of the neoliberal reforms and learn more about other non-neoliberal proposals for health sector reform such as that implemented in Brazil, for example. Of course, we must not forget Cuba's reform which was developed in the context of a revolutionary process. (excerpt)
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