Contesting ‘global sisterhood’: the global women's health movement, the United Nations and the different meanings of reproductive rights (1970s–80s)

Bracke, M. A. (2023) Contesting ‘global sisterhood’: the global women's health movement, the United Nations and the different meanings of reproductive rights (1970s–80s). Gender and History, (doi: 10.1111/1468-0424.12718) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

The article contributes to a genealogy of the global articulation of reproductive rights principles, as established at the 1994 United Nations (UN) Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo and the UN Women's Conference held in Beijing the following year. It highlights the key role played by an emerging global women's health movement in the 1970s–80s, in shaping UN debates on family planning, women's rights in procreative choice and women's roles in socio-economic development. The article focuses on the International Campaign for Abortion, Sterilisation and Contraception (est. London 1978) and the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (Amsterdam and Manila 1984; ECOSOC consultative status in 1992). Adopting an intersectional perspective, the paper highlights the local embeddedness of feminist positions, the shortcomings of Western feminism and the ways in which conflicts between women's organisations allowed for an original and evolving concept of reproductive rights to emerge. It is based on UN papers and the archives of the above organisations and family planning movements.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bracke, Professor Maud
Authors: Bracke, M. A.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Gender and History
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0953-5233
ISSN (Online):1468-0424
Published Online:11 July 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Author
First Published:First published in Gender and History 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
309410Sex, Population, and Self-Determination: The rise of `Reproductive Rights' in Europe and the world, 1945-1995Maud BrackeLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)IAF-2020-014Arts - History