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Trading Women's Health and Rights

Trade Liberalization and Reproductive Health in Developing Economies


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Around the world, policymakers and civil society are debating how economic and trade policies shape public health. This edited collection adds a new dimension to this debate. It synthesizes research from a variety of disciplines to analyse how the liberalization of international trade affects reproductive health and rights. Case studies from Mexico, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Egypt illuminate how trade-related changes in women's employment influence their reproductive needs and capacities. The book demonstrates how global and national trade policies affect the quality, quantity, and cost of reproductive health services. Contributors also explore the implications of the World Trade Organization and the various trade agreements under its purview for reproductive health services and rights. Ultimately, this collection addresses the key policy issues for advocates of both reproductive health and rights and economic justice, and shows how trade agreements weighted against the poor in the South have very specific gendered consequences. This book is aimed at an inter-disciplinary audience of economists, public health professionals, demographers, sociologists, anthropologists, and women's studies specialists. It will also be of interest to policymakers and representatives of civil society organizations working on health, economic justice, and employment issues.

Author Biography

Caren Grown is director of the gender equality and economy program at the Levy Economics Institute in the US. She works closely with the international women's networks DAWN and AWID and is a consultant for the Ford Foundation and UN. Her co-editors and contributors are academics and researchers around the world.
Release date Australia
June 15th, 2006
Contributions by Alaka Malwade Basu Contributions by Debra Lipson Contributions by Lin Tan Contributions by Marceline White Contributions by Sajeda Amin Contributions by Yueping Song Contributions by Zhenzhen Zheng Edited by Anju Malhotra Edited by Caren Grown Edited by Elissa Braunstein
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Zed Books Ltd
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