The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo codified views long advocated by women’s health activists the world over. The conference marked a turning point in the history of the population field—one that brought reproductive health and women’s rights to the forefront of the international population agenda. The 22 case studies in this book document changes in practice in reproductive health and family planning programs within 18 countries. The case studies demonstrate the important strides that were made in the years following the conference and point to many challenges that remain. The abolition or modification of population policies that are inimical to women's freedom of choice, integration and expansion of reproductive health services to meet a broader range of women's needs, efforts to address sexuality, gender-based power, and partner relations in the service-delivery context, and the social and economic causes of women's reproductive health problems are discussed.
Haberland, Nicole and Diana Measham (eds.). 2002. "Responding to Cairo: Case Studies of Changing Practice in Reproductive Health and Family Planning." New York: Population Council.