Global Prescriptions: Gendering Health and Human Rights

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Zed Books, Oct 10, 2003 - Medical - 306 pages
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Global Prescriptions is a critical yet optimistic analysis of the role of transnational women's groups in setting the agendas for women's health in international and national settings. The book reviews a decade of women's participation in UN conferences, transnational networks, national advocacy efforts and sexual and reproductive health provision, assessing both their strengths and weaknesses. It critiques the Cairo, Beijing and Copenhagen conference documents and World Bank, WHO and health sector reform policies. It also offers case studies of national-level reform and advocacy efforts and appraises the controversy concerning TRIPS, trade, and essential AIDS drugs. The author takes into account the formidable political and ideological forces confronting global justice movements and also offers a sobering reassessment of transnational women's NGOs themselves and such problems as 'NGOization', fragmentation and donor-dependency. Petchesky argues that the power of women's transnational coalitions is only as great as their organic connection with grassroots social movements.
  

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Contents

Transnationalizing Womens Health Movements
1
decentring leadership shifting vantage points
3
Ethical frameworks of reproductive and sexual rights
7
relinking the body and social development human rights and basic needs
15
A note on the irrepressibility of rights deeper into the thicket
22
The UN Conferences as Sites of Discursive Struggle Gains and Fault Lines
31
substantive achievements and shortfalls
35
political dynamics at the Social Summit and the Plus Fives
50
the World Bank on poverty and health
142
Where is gender? Where is justice?
151
Alternative ethics of health provision
172
Implementing International Norms at the National Level Womens Health NGOs in the Firing Line
188
NGOs as countrylevel implementers and monitors
190
NGOs as service providers in lieu of the state
209
NGOs as partners in health reform
222
The many faces of privatization
236

Copenhagen+5 in 2000
57
Towards polycentric strategies and multiform visions
64
HIVAIDS and the Human Right to Health on a Collision Course with Global Capitalism
76
the global campaign for access to medicines
77
Equity pricing or the human right to health?
108
Specifying the human right to health in the era of HIVAIDS
116
Managing Health Under Global Capitalism Equity vs Productivity
133
Conclusion Reflections on Global Governance and Transnational Feminist Movements in an Era of Infinite War
247
The need for global governance
252
The strategic place of transnational NGOs and coalitions
268
is another world possible?
275
Bibliography
281
Index
296
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About the author (2003)

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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