chapter  5
Situating Health Problems Within a Given Historical and Socio-political Context
ByLucy Mkandawire-Valhmu
Pages 17

This chapter uses a postcolonial feminist lens to specifically examine the problem of gender-based violence in our society today. It will draw on the work of postcolonial feminist scholars, such as Chandra Mohanty and Patricia Stevens, who advocate for the formation of strategic partnerships across race lines, class lines and geographic borders in an attempt to address oppressive realities in the lives of women living on the margins of society. The writings of these authors and others will be used to discuss what it means to provide culturally safe healthcare in accurately assessing and implementing interventions to address the unique health needs of women who have been victimized by acts of violence. The chapter will specifically look at the victims of intimate partner violence and of human trafficking. Also included is a brief discussion on children, not only because women’s health often goes hand in hand with children’s health but also given the number of healthcare providers interested in pediatrics.