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The decennial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that took place in Cairo in 1994 has been described as historic and revolutionary. It rejected top-down demographically driven population control programs, emphasizing instead reproductive health and rights for women, and for men. This volume explores the ideas and institutions that framed the Cairo consensus and traces their trajectories sixteen years down the line. Why were Third World feminists profoundly critical of the Cairo consensus and process? How has the health of people around the world been affected by neo-liberal economic policies? The intervening years have also seen the global rise of anti-feminisms and fundamentalisms targeting women's bodies and rights. What have these meant for women's rights, including reproductive rights?

The book presents detailed case studies ranging ...

Introduction: Population, Health, and Gender in Neo-Liberal Times
Introduction: Population, health, and gender in neo-liberal times
MohanRao and SarahSexton

… VHP president Ashok Singhal said Hindus should give up family planning so that their population does not go down … He said population of minorities, especially Muslims, had been rising at “such a fast pace” that it would be 25 to 30 percent of the total population in 50 years. Singhal said it would be “suicidal” for Hindus if they did not raise their population. (Singhal 2004)

Unless we act to change our country's immigration policies, US population will double this century … Unfortunately, this flow of people into the US has not relieved population pressures in the countries of origin … [T]he populations of most developing countries ...

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