international labour migration, gender, and SRHR – working paper

Population mobility and migration (see Definitions) have become permanent facets of a rapidly globalising world. Propelled by modern transport technology and communication systems, people from all regions of the world are moving at a much faster pace. Globalisation has changed not only the scope, but also the patterns of migratory movements, from traditional, more permanent […]

reclaiming & redefining rights – poverty, food security, SRHR

We explore the linkages of poverty, food security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. We underscore the need to take a synoptic view regarding the vulnerability of women’s lives in the Asia-Pacific region when assailed by poverty while simultaneously accounting these factors in SRHR. We suggest ARROW action pathways borne from the world views […]

climate change, population, SRHR – annotated bibliography

Climate change is a serious challenge facing human society today. It is not just an environmental issue, as it affects every aspect of our social, economic, political and cultural lives. Ever since the publication of the fourth United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report (2007), climate change has risen in priority on the global […]

arrow for change – in search of climate justice: refuting dubious linkages, affirming rights

Fifteen years ago, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a global movement of feminists and their allies successfully debunked population control as a legitimate development strategy. That victory is being challenged today, as advocates for population control seek to regain ground—and capture new resources—by taking advantage of international concern about climate change. […]

arrow for change – feminist and rights-based perspectives: SRHR in disaster contexts

The Asia-Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. According to the World Disaster Report 2009, 40.5% of global disasters between 1999 and 2008 occurred in Asia, and 84.5% of those affected during the same period lived in the region. While comparative statistics for the Pacific is low given these island nation’s […]

arrow for change – keeping the faith: overcoming religious fundamentalisms

The impulse to strictly conform to sacred texts and moral codes dates back a long time. To comprehend why and how such impulses arise, discussions on religious fundamentalisms and their historical contexts are necessary. More pragmatically, a fuller understanding of the dynamics of religious fundamentalisms—especially as they affect women’s rights—helps identify and create potential spaces […]

surfacing: selected papers on religious fundamentalisms and their Impact on women’s srhr

While the ARROW-organised symposium at the 4th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSH) looked at Catholicism, Hinduism and Islam, we saw many convergences in the excellent presentations showing all too 1graphically what religious exceptionalism is, and what impact it can have. I will summarise these convergences around six points: Rhetoric: […]

arrow for change – ground realities: women’s SRHR in conflict situations

This issue of ARROWs For Change explores the various dimensions (AFC) of the impact of conflict on the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women in the Asia-Pacific region. It draws on diverse experiences of women across the Asia-Pacific and looks at the direct impact of conflict on women’s rights to expression and […]

arrow for change – the health rights of migrant women

Current globalisation strategies, restructuring of economies through structural adjustment programmes and removal of protective regulations for cheap, temporary contractual workers favour migrant labour. Poverty, conflicts, environmental catastrophes, forced displacement and changes in production processes have increased migration. The demand for cheap, flexible, contractual and deregulated labour has also encouraged highly organised recruitment. The demand for […]