Having Our Say: IWHC’s Contributions to Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health, 1987-2011

  • October 20, 2016

This essay is a guide to International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) materials on sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) housed in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. It describes how IWHC and our international colleagues created the foundational ideas for SRRH services, programs, and policy advocacy.

Practical and Ethical Dilemmas in the Clinical Testing of Microbicides: A Report on a Symposium

  • October 6, 1998

By Lori L. Heise, C. Elizabeth McGrory, and Susan Y. Wood In 1997, the Population Council and Women’s Health Advocates on Microbicides (WHAM) convened an international symposium to examine practical and ethical dilemmas in the clinical testing of topical microbicides. The symposium occurred as three significant trends in the history of women’s sexual health and rights converged: donors’ and programs’…

The Cairo Consensus: The Right Agenda for the Right Time

  • October 6, 1994

By Adrienne Germain and Rachel KytE The Cairo Consensus: The Right Agenda for the Right Time is the International Women’s Health Coalition’s analysis of the remarkable consensus forged at the United Nations’ International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, in September 1994, at which 184 governments reached consensus on new approaches to population and development, with women’s health, empowerment, and rights at…

Four Essays on Birth Control Needs and Risks

  • October 6, 1993

By Ruth Dixon-Mueller and Adrienne Germain Published in 1993, these essays offer differing perspectives of women’s health advocates, scientists, and researchers on contraceptive development; assessing “relative risks” of contraception and pregnancy; defining “unmet need” for family planning; and abortion.

Reproductive Tract Infections in Women in the Third World: National and International Policy Implications

  • October 6, 1991

Report of a Meeting at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Lake Como, Italy April 29 – May 3, 1991 In 1990, IWHC co-sponsored, with The Rockefeller Foundation, an international conference of colleagues and major donor agencies on the significance of reproductive tract infections and the feasibility of prevention and control programs. This paper reports the findings of that…

The Culture of Silence: Reproductive Tract Infections Among Women in the Third World

  • October 6, 1991

Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) are common diseases with profound social and health consequences for Third World women, men and children. As one of the world’s most neglected health problems, RTIs are related in important ways to girls’ and women’s basic sexual and reproductive health and to the acceptability of family planning programs. Yet, in allocating scarce human and financial health care…

Population Control and Women’s Health: Balancing the Scales

  • October 6, 1989

By Adrienne Germaine and Jane Ordway Published in 1989, this paper explains the need for comprehensive reproductive health services and suggests means of strengthening existing programs. A “reproductive health” approach, with women at its center, could considerably strengthen the achievements of existing family planning and health programs, while helping women to attain health, dignity, and basic rights. Also published in…

Reproductive Health and Dignity: Choices by Third World Women

  • October 11, 1987

By Adrienne Germain This is one of 13 technical background papers prepared for the International Conference on Better Health for Women and Children through Family Planning, held in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5-9, 1987. Published in 1987, this paper analyzes four program strategies—family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, and safe motherhood—to determine the extent…

Reproductive Choice in Jeopardy: International Policy Perspectives

  • October 6, 1987

Presentations at the Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Development, Washington, D.C. April, 1987 “Moving Forward: Innovations in Development Policy, Action and Research” was the primary theme of the Biennial Conference of the Association for Women in Development (AWID) held in Washington, D.C. in April 1987. One of three major sub-themes was “Innovations in Reproductive Health and Child Survival.” Adrienne Germain…