This study on sexuality among women in rural Giza, Egypt, is part of a broader project on women's health and reproductive morbidity conducted by the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Working Group. Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) and other ailments associated with reproduction among women in the rural community surveyed suggest that a heavy burden of disease is being borne by women living in underprivileged areas in this region. This research on sexuality has been conducted within a conceptual framework that uses a socio-cultural approach to health and illness. The investigation is an assessment of women's perception of and knowledge about sexuality and various body organs and their functions, and the ability of these women to relate these functions to RTIs and other morbidities. There is a need to investigate and analyze the cultural dynamics that help shape the beliefs and practices of women concerning sexuality and related health problems. As noted in this monograph, this was the approach adopted in undertaking the study of sexual behavior in the Giza villages in rural Egypt.
Khattab, Hind. 1996. "Women's perceptions of sexuality in rural Giza," Monographs in Reproductive Health. Cairo: Reproductive Health Working Group.