PROMOTING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
A Global Mandate
Reed Boland and Anika Rahman
In analysing the international advances in promoting reproductive rights, this report focuses on recognition of these rights at the major UN conferences of the 1990s: declaration of women's rights as human rights; endorsement of the right to reproductive decision-making; affirmation of the right of access to reproductive health services; and condemnation of violence against women. Promoting Reproductive Rights also emphasises that the move has to be made from rhetoric to real improvements, and that resources must be allocated for implementation.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, 1997. paper; 48 pages. US$10.00
POPULATION POLICIES RECONSIDERED
Health, Empowerment, and Rights
Gita Sen, Adrienne Germain and Lincoln C. Chen (Eds.)
This volume brings together a rare combination of scholars, policy-makers and women's health advocates. Its underlying premise is that public policy should assure the rights and well-being of people, rather than simply attempting to limit the ultimate size of the world's population. It aims to contribute to a new consensus on population policy directions for the 21st century, centred on health, women's empowerment, and human rights.
Harvard University Press, 1994. paper; 280 pp. ISBN 0-674-69003-6 US$16.95
POWER AND DECISION
The Control of Reproduction
Gita Sen and Rachel C. Snow (Eds.)
Power and Decision argues that reproductive technologies are chosen, designed, and promoted by various political communities to reflect the values of those communities and are imbued with gender, race, and class considerations. The book exposes the implications of current legislative, economic, political, and scientific trends for gender relations and women's health and well-being. Case studies.
Harvard University Press, 1994. paper; 348 pp. ISBN 0-674-69533-X US$16.95
SEE ALSO: The Right to Know (Category: Women's Human Rights).
POWER, REPRODUCTION AND GENDER
The Intergenerational Transfer of Knowledge
Wendy Harcourt (Ed.)
This comparative study of gender, power, and reproduction around the world explores issues that are fundamental to the ongoing debate on population and gender: health, empowerment, sexuality, and reproductive rights. With case studies from Brazil, Ghana, Italy, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Tanzania, it investigates when and why people change their reproductive and sexual behaviour, and how knowledge is transferred within and across generations. The contributors confront the ethical dilemma for feminist researchers and activists: can and should we change cultural knowledge, codes, and practice in this field?
Highlighting issues and concerns which are too often ignored, Power, Reproduction and Gender is an important new resource for all those interested in women's studies, population and development studies, health, and the sociology of knowledge.
Zed Books, April 1997. paper; 240 pp. ISBN 1-85649-426-8 US$22.50
THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE
A Study in International Law
Corinne A.A. Packer
This book presents the underlying rationale for the right to reproductive choice, defines this right in international law, and examines the complex web of rights which give it content. It discusses contemporary cultural, religious, and demographic issues that pose challenges to the application of the right to reproductive choice, such as national population policies, abortion, and medically assisted reproduction. Listings of countries party to universal and regional human rights instruments, and excerpts from these and other texts, make this comprehensive study an excellent reference for advocates of reproductive rights.
Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademi University, 1996. paper; 213 pp. ISBN 951-650-546-5 US$32.00
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