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Global Women’s Health: Health Equity for Women

      In LMIC, as in high-income countries, women are the linchpin of the family and the community. Their health reflects the broader health of society, but in too many instances, health indicators for women, such as maternal mortality, rates of obstetric fistula, and unmet need for contraception, demonstrate the burden of health disparities on women and also reflect the low status of women in many societies. While we have focused the discussion of these women’s health topics to LMIC, it is imperative that we keep in mind that these conditions and related health disparities experienced by many women are also present in high-income countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the interconnectedness of all people around the world and the globalization of all aspects of life, including health.
      The authors in this special issue are experts in the specific topic areas they address and include distinguished colleagues from several LMIC. Notably, we were fortunate to include Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Denis Mukwege and his colleagues at Panzi Hospital (Bukavu Congo) to present their experience working with women survivors of gender-based violence. Although it is impossible to comprehensively cover all relevant topics, the topics chosen represent a broad survey of critical current health issues and innovations in women’s health. We hope that these articles will be thought provoking and enlightening, demonstrating both how far we have come and how far we still have to go.