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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 ...

Structural Adjustment, Impotence, and Family Planning: Men's Voices in Egypt*
Structural adjustment, impotence, and family planning: Men's voices in Egypt
Kamran AsdarAli.

Sharif Arafa's 1996 Egyptian film Al Nom fil asal (Sleeping with Honey)1 opens with a wedding celebration, followed by a scene in the newlyweds' bedroom—and then by the groom's suicide. His widow later explains to investigators how, despite their effort at foreplay, her deceased husband remained “unaroused”. She theorizes that he may have taken his life to avoid confronting his sexual dysfunction.

The film's central character, the chief of police investigation for Cairo,2 returns to his office after investigating the groom's death and finds the waiting area full of men and women fighting each other—the women are upset at their husbands' lack of sexual vigor. That ...

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