Seminar in Ukrainian Studies | TCUP
A Research Panel with Polina Alpatova, Alyona Mazhnaya, Jill Owczarzak, and Sarah Phillips; Q&A moderated by Emily Channell-Justice
In this collective presentation, a multidisciplinary research team discusses their collaborative effort to understand the gender norms, structural factors, and institutional arrangements that shape the health care and social service experiences of women who use drugs (WWUD) in Ukraine. In Ukraine, women constitute a third of all new HIV infections, and injection drug use accounts for nearly half of HIV infections among women. WWUD often have diminished access to drug, HIV, and other health and social services or underutilize women-specific services such as prenatal and reproductive health care services health. WWUD in Ukraine are expected, as women, to care for others, yet are systematically excluded from full engagement with services for themselves. They must navigate service contexts that stigmatize them, and they encounter narratives of deservingness that award social benefits to those women with the ability to demonstrate “good” or “improved” behavior. Our projects combine public health, epidemiology, anthropology, and sociology to identify how health and social service providers can better meet the unique needs of women who use drugs.
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