Women, War, and Reproductive Health in Developing Countries


Pillai, Vijayan, Ya-Chien Wang, and Arati Maleku. 2017. "Women, War, and Reproductive Health in Developing Countries." Social Work in Health Care 56 (1): 28-44. 

Authors: Vijayan Pillai, Ya-Chien Wang, Arati Maleku


Globally, millions of people are affected by war and conflicts every year. However, women have increasingly suffered the greatest harm by war in more different ways than men. We conceptualize a reproductive rights approach toward examining the effects of war on women’s reproductive health in developing countries. Given the rising concerns of exclusion to adequately address women’s rights, sexual and gender-based violence, and post-conflict accountability, we specifically focus on the limitations of the Minimum Initial Service Package, a UN-sponsored reproductive health service program in conflict zones while offering a broad reproductive rights-based conceptual lens for examining reproductive health care services in war-torn areas. In addition, we discuss the roles social workers may play at both micro and macro levels in war-torn areas to bring about both short term and long term gains in women’s reproductive health.

Keywords: developing countries, reproductive health, war and conflict

Topics: Armed Conflict, Conflict, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Health, Reproductive Health, Post-Conflict, Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Rights, Sexual Violence, SV against Women

Year: 2017

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