arrow for change – rural women’s SRHR: knowing the complexities for strengthening strategies


Rural women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are not simple and straightforward issues that can be addressed effectively and efficiently through universal blueprints developed in urban centers. They represent a complexity and dynamism that need to be understood because strategies to address the concerned issues would have to be placed within the domain of these complexities.

Just as complexities may vary, because of the very difference in what constitutes ‘rural,’ strategies too could vary on the basis of women’s empirical realities. (For example, strategies and outcomes in areas where there is greater female literacy may be different from those in areas where female literacy is very low.) Similarly, complexity could also present itself differently on the basis of the ideologies of the country concerned. A welfare state, for example, would be more responsive to the needs of its population than a state governed by market ideology.

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