Contextualising reproductive rights challenges: The Vietnam situation

Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan and Locke, Catherine ORCID: (2002) Contextualising reproductive rights challenges: The Vietnam situation. Women's Studies International Forum, 25 (4). pp. 443-453. ISSN 0277-5395

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Since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the language of reproductive rights has gained prominence in international social policy forums. The overarching international human rights framework defends universal rights but recognises that the means for realising those rights need to be locally specified. In practice, though, rights-based approaches to reproduction have generally offered a fairly uniform, expanded and improved constellation of reproductive health services that take little account of the embedded nature of reproductive rights issues. For Vietnam, we link an understanding of rights with an assessment of the shifting identities and diverse reproductive health needs of women. Through identifying a number of contextualised challenges for a rights-based approach to reproduction in the country, we demonstrate that engagement with the wider realities of women's lives and incorporation of notions of social differences is necessary to effectively broaden the scope of reproductive freedoms and entitlements.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2002
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 01:24
DOI: 10.1016/S0277-5395(02)00281-9

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