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Reproduction and Sexuality In A Changing World

JOSE BARZELATTO and ELIZABETH DAWSON

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0013
Reproduction and Sexuality In A Changing World

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For women and men to fully enjoy reproductive and sexual health and rights, legal systems must be modified and many social, economic, and political systems revised. Crucial to achieving these changes is promoting more equitable societies and within them, just gender roles and the adoption of more positive attitudes toward sexuality. This chapter discusses the advances toward reaching a social consensus and its significance in providing a base for developing progressive social policies. It also examines the evidence of an emerging consensus: (1) the magnitude and extension of the decline in fertility as reflected in demographic statistics; (2) the evolution of international agreements among governments and the trends of changes in national laws; and (3) the increasing involvement of civil society as advocates and agents of change.

Keywords: sexual health and rights; sexuality; consensus; fertility; demographic statistics; international agreements

Chapter.  6948 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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