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Women's Movements and the Filipina1986-2008$
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Mina Roces

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834999

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834999.001.0001

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“There Is No Need to Endure”

“There Is No Need to Endure”

Women’s Health Movements

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Women's Movements and the Filipina

Mina Roces

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter tackles the women's health movements and their perception of the Filipino woman intrinsic to their advocacy for women's health—particularly the controversial issues of reproductive rights and sexuality. Discourses on the feminine were invoked in public debates over issues such as rape, domestic violence, reproductive health, and sexuality. Women's health movements, although by no means united, have been consistent in their representation and fashioning of “the Filipina.” A majority of women's health activists defined women as agents who needed access to information and services about their bodies. Because women were represented as agents, they must be given the right to make their own choices about their bodies and their health—decisions they should arrive at after being presented with the right information and services.

Keywords:   women's health, health movements, reproductive rights, sexuality, Filipino woman, domestic violence, rape

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