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Book: Global Presciptions: Gendering Health and Human Rights

2 Oct 2003

  • Author(s): Rosalind Pollack Petchesky

Global Prescriptions offers a critical analysis of the role of transnational women's groups in setting the international and national agendas for women's health. It reviews a decade of women's participation in UN conferences, transnational networks, national advocacy efforts and sexual and reproductive health provision. It presents case studies of national-level reform and advocacy efforts and appraises the controversy concerning TRIPS, trade, and essential AIDS drugs.

The author reviews the formidable political and ideological forces confronting global justice movements and offers a sobering reassessment of transnational women's NGOs. She argues that the power of women's transnational coalitions is only as great as their organic connection with grassroots social movements.

“This book provides a poignant analysis of the three decades of feminist struggles for gender equality, women’s health, and reproductive rights and freedoms. These struggles are a powerful reminder of the indispensability of rights as the moral expression of political claims”, stated UNRISD Director, Thandika Mkandawire.

Foreword, Thandika Mkandawire
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I: Transnationalizing Women's Health Movements
From North to South: De-Centering Leadership, Shifting Vantage Points
Ethical Frameworks of Reproductive and Sexual Rights
Ethical Frameworks: Relinking the Body and Social Development, Human Rights and Basic Needs•A Note on the Irrepressibility of Rights - Deeper into the Thicket
Part II: The UN Conferences as Sites of Discursive Struggle: Gains and Fault Lines Reassessing Cairo and Beijing: Substantive Achievements and Shortfalls
Learning from the Fault Lines: Political Dynamics at the Social Summit and the "Plus-Fives"
Back to the Future: Copenhagen+5 in 2000
Toward Polycentric Strategies and Multiform Visions
Part III: HIV/AIDS and the Human Right to Health: On a Collision Course with Global Capitalism
"People's Health before Patents and Profits": The Global Campaign for Access to Medicines
"Equity Pricing" or the Human Right to Health?
Specifying the Human Right to Health in the Era of HIV/AIDS
Part IV: Managing Health under Global Capitalism: Equity vs. Productivity
Globalization = Global Capitalism
Global Capitalism Reforming Itself: The World Bank on Poverty and Health
Health Sector Reforms: Where Is Gender? Where Is Justice?
Alternative Ethics of Health Provision
Part V: Implementing International Norms at the National Level: Women's Health NGOs on the Firing Line
NGOs as Country-level Implementers and Monitors
NGOs as Service Providers in lieu of the State
NGOs as "Partners" in Health Reform
The Many Faces of Privatization
Part VI: Conclusion: Reflections on Transnational Feminist Movements and Global Governance in an Era of Infinite War
The Need for Global Governance
The Strategic Place of Transnational NGOs and Coalitions
Epilogue: Is Another World Possible?

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky is distinguished professor of political science, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is founder and past co-ordinator of the International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRRAG).

Global Prescriptions: Gendering Health and Human Rights is co-published with Zed Books. Paperback, ISBN 1-84277-007-1, GBP16.95/US$29.95. Hardback, ISBN 1-84277-004-7, GBP49.95/US$75.00; 306 pages, 2003.

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