Adha Asman – women’s access to healthcare

Director: Samina Mishra
Running time: 32’ - India, 1996

 
 

 



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Director: Samina Mishra

 


Synopsis
 

Heera Deepa, Susheela and the other women of Adha Asman spend their days working in the fields, cutting grass, tending cattle, supporting their families. At the very least, these women contribute as much as men to the sustenance of their families and the economy of their villages. But their labour is rarely recognised as work. The reason is as inescapable as it is simple – they are women. And so, they never stop working even when they are sick, and never have their sickness taken care of till the work begins to suffer.

Women’s health in India continues to be seen in limited ways. Traditional attitudes in the family and community locate women in the restricted light of pregnancy and motherhood. These attitudes permeate the government delivery systems, so that health initiatives for women continue to focus only on family planning and maternal health. Adha Asman explores these attitudes that deny women their share of healthcare.