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Issue 303

ACTION/READING

RON GILING / STILL PICTURES

Women's Health Movement
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW),
2nd Floor, Block F, Anjung Felda, Jalan Maktab, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: +603 292 9913; e-mail: women@arrow.po.my
An information and resource centre focusing on women and development. Reproductive rights is one of its main areas.
Committee on Women, Population and the Environment (CWPE),
c/o Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002, US. Tel: +1 413 582 5506; Website: http://www.cwpe.org
Provides alternative analyses of the relationships between population, poverty and environmental degradation, and challenges both population control and anti-abortion forces.
International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRRAG),
c/o Women's Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, US. Tel: +1 212 772 5682; e-mail: IRRRAG@igc.apc.org
A grassroots research project on reproductive issues and women's rights, based in seven countries. The results are being published in Negotiating Reproductive Rights: Women's Perspectives Across Countries and Cultures, edited by Rosalind Petchesky and Karen Judd (Zed Books 1998).
International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC),
24 East 21st St, New York, NY 10010, USA. Tel: +1 212 979 8500; e-mail: iwhc@igc.apc.org
Supports projects and aid agencies aiming to promote high-quality women's reproductive health.
Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights,
NZ Voorburgwal 32, 1012 RZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 20 620 96 72; Website: www.wgnrr.org
An autonomous international network campaigning for the right of women to decide whether, when and with whom to have children.
Family planning/United Nations
United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA),
220 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, US. Fax; +1 212 557 6416 Website http://www.unfpa.org
The main UN organization dealing with fertility issues. Publishes The State of World Population report each year.
World Health Organization (WHO),
1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. Fax: +41 22 791 4870. Website: http://www.who.ch
Produces the annual World Health Report.
International Planned Parent Federation (IPPF),
Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NS, England. Tel: +44 171 487 7900; e-mail:ippfinfo@ippf.attmail.com
The largest non-governmental family-planning organization.
Worth reading...
Abortion: Between Freedom and Necessity,
Janet Hadley (Virago 1996).
A well-argued case for abortion which also acknowledges the difficulties and dilemmas.
'Population and reproductive rights' Focus on Gender,
Vol 2, No 2, June 1994 (Oxfam).
A range of perspectives on reproduction in a Majority World context.
Our Bodies, Ourselves,
the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (Penguin 1996).
A classic, recently updated.
Pandora's Clock: Understanding our Fertility,
Maureen Freely and Celia Pyper (Heinemann 1993).
A humorous look at the ambiguities and emotions surrounding pregnancy and birth.
Private Decisions, Public Debates: Women, Reproduction and Population (Panos Institute 1994)
has a range of articles by journalists from the Majority World.
Panos (Tel: +44 171 278 1111; e-mail: panoslondon@gn.apc.org)
also produces briefing papers on reproductive rights.
Population and Reproductive Rights: Feminist Perspectives from the South,
Sonia Corrêa and Rebecca Reichmann, (Zed Books/Kali for Women/DAWN 1994).
A critical Southern view of the debates around population, reproduction and development.
Reproductive Health Matters
is a quarterly journal with in-depth analysis and up-to-date news on women's health and rights.
(29-35 Farringdon Rd, London EC1M 3JB, England. Tel: +44 171 242 8686; web: www.rhmjournal.org.uk and www.rhm-elsevier.com)
Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control,
Betsy Hartmann (South End Press 1995).
A detailed and searing analysis of the politics and history of population control which argues for a more woman-based perspective.
Where Women have no Doctor: A health guide for women,
A August Burns, Ronnie Lovich, Jane Maxwell, Katharine Shapiro (Hesperian Foundation 1997).
A practical guide, useful for its down-to-earth explanations.
Women, Population and Global Crisis,
Asoka Bandarage (Zed Books, 1997).
Places the population debate in a broad historical and social justice-oriented perspective.
The Legacy of Malthus (forthcoming),
Eric Ross (Zed Press 1998).
A political economy critique of Malthusian theory and its applications in Europe and the South.

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