Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse

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A collection of research and experiences, the 2018 book Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, spotlights pervasive issues affecting girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health throughout their lives.

Organized into five parts—childhood and emerging adulthood; childbearing; reproductive control; violence; and beyond reproduction—the volume encompasses a lifecourse perspective in understanding women’s sexual and reproductive health, according to editors Jennifer Toller Erausquin, public health researcher at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Mellissa Withers, associate professor of clinical preventive medicine at the USC Institute for Global Health.

“This perspective takes into account critical periods in a woman’s development and recognizes that experiences are shaped by the wider social, economic, and cultural contexts in which they take place,” they write in the book preface.

Conceived by their friend and colleague Shonali Choudhury, a women’s health scholar and advocate who died in 2014, the book stays true to her vision of bringing together diverse, global perspectives on current issues in sexual and reproductive health, while giving voice to women whose viewpoints  are often discounted or ignored.

In the foreword, Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, calls for women’s sexual and reproductive health to be approached from a human rights framework, and describes the current—and historical—politics that have impacted progress in this work.

“This book is of crucial importance, sharing the work of academic and practice-oriented experts who are advancing theory, empirical research, and interventions for and with women around the globe,” she says, “It is my strong belief that what exists must be supported and sustained, but with a watchful eye towards global, regional, and national political realities.”

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Editors: Shonali Choudhury, Jennifer Toller Erausquin, Mellissa Withers
Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
Date: 2018
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