Women, War, and Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

Citation:

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

Abstract:

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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