Special Issue "Sexual and Reproductive Health of Female Migrants"

A special issue of Sexes (ISSN 2411-5118). This special issue belongs to the section "Sexual and Reproductive Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Maria Papadakaki
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Guest Editor
Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71410 Heraklion Crete, Greece
Interests: sexual health; aggressive behaviour; domestic violence; migrant health; primary health care; safety research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Female migrants have been shown to run a higher risk of sexual and reproductive health problems, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual violence, as well as harmful cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation. They have also been shown to suffer higher perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality, unintended pregnancies and induced abortions, while they experience poorer pregnancy outcomes due to inadequate use of antenatal services. This vulnerability has been associated with sociocultural factors affecting health behaviors and healthcare uptake, as well as with life stressors such as separation from family, lack of social support, and low control over working and living conditions. Vulnerability is also linked to poor access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, effective contraception, and safe abortion services.

Improving health outcomes for this vulnerable population necessitates a better understanding of the structural factors that put female migrants at risk of poor health outcomes. A better understanding of the facilitators and barriers faced by female migrants in addressing their sexual and reproductive health needs and utilizing services is also necessary. Innovative health promotion strategies and models of care that increase accessibility and quality of sexual and reproductive health services for migrants are warranted. Evidence-based interventions and prevention programs at societal, community, and individual level could offer valuable insights for policy making. Context‐specific examples placing emphasis on highly vulnerable groups (e.g., adolescents, disabled, pregnant) with particular relevance to the migrant reality are welcome.

Dr. Maria Papadakaki
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sexual health
  • reproductive health
  • female
  • migrant
  • refugee
  • healthcare
  • services
  • access
  • utilization
  • sexual violence

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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