Sexual and reproductive wellbeing has gained recognition as a basic right, enshrined in international law. Yet reality on the ground is different, as society, health programmes and aid agencies are all entrenched in old ways. Fundamental shifts in thinking and practice are needed to realize these rights and transform these realities. This book portrays a wide range of innovative examples from around the world. From popular theatre in Nigeria to participatory research in Britain; from role-playing in Cambodia to visualizing reproductive health in Zimbabwe and from collaborative planning in Egypt to community dialogue in the Andes, these twenty-four chapters reveal the value of transforming approaches to sexual and reproductive wellbeing. All begin with the need to engage women, men and youth more directly in determining pathways to change; and all highlight both the complexities and the possibilities of making rights real.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 25 mm
This remarkable collection is revolutionary. Subjects supposed to be too sensitive have been explored with an unexpected frankness and freedom. It is a cliche to say that after this book, things should never be the same again. But it fits here. For Realising Rights opens up a new world of approaches, relationships, learning and trust. It carries the conviction of direct and diverse personal experience. Centrally these are respecting, listening to and learning from those whose sexual and reproductive rights are abused, and enabling them to enhance their own understanding and the control they exercise over their lives. If the bottom line of development is human wellbeing, here is a book with huge development potential. It is more than just essential reading: it is a source of practical new ideas for good things to do; and an invitation to action. Read it and be inspired! - Robert Chambers, author of Rural Development: Putting the Last First and Whose Reality Counts? The discourse on human rights and the practice of participatory development tend to remain in unfortunately separate, almost water-tight, compartments. This book sensibly and valuably brings them together by making participatory processes central to making reproductive and sexual rights real. It contains food for thought for the development analyst and critic, as well as new insights and valuable methods for the practitioner. - Gita Sen, Sir Ratan Tata Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India Gender inequity, with its consequent lack of real sexual and reproductive choice for women, is the greatest catalyst to the spread of HIV. Yet, despite the great strides made in medical technology over the past decades, similar advancement is not evident in women`s rights to sexual autonomy. I eagerly await the book, which will fill a crucial gap in our analysis of this important aspect of human life.` - Dr Susan Paxton, Research Fellow and AIDS Activist, La Trobe University, Australia
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