Positions on sexual and reproductive rights in Muslim-majority countries and institutions: a telling indication of things to come?

Azza Karam*

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Abstract

This article provides a policy analysis of Muslim-majority countries’ positions on sexual and reproductive rights (SRR). First-hand observations, interviews, and reports are used to review how statements around various intergovernmental moments continue to be formulated since the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. The analysis outlines both the similarity and diversity between and among Muslim-majority countries on a range of SRR areas, while pointing out that positions are by no means unique to them. Rather, it is argued that opposition to SRR defines a terrain of “unholy alliances” between and among different religiously inspired nations, and ends by enquiring whether SRR may be an important political indicator of real politik.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-707
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aid
  • Arab States
  • Rights
  • Social sector–Health, HIV/AIDS and sexual health
  • South Asia

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