Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842770078 Published August 2003 For sale in North and South America only
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Global Prescriptions

Gendering Health and Human Rights

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky

Global Prescriptions

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky

Distributed for Zed Books

320 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2003  
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842770078 Published August 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9781842770047 Published August 2003 For sale in North and South America only
Global Prescriptions is a critical yet optimistic analysis of the role of transnational women‘s groups in setting the agendas for women‘s health in international and national settings. The book reviews a decade of women‘s participation in UN conferences, transnational networks, national advocacy efforts and sexual and reproductive health provision, assessing both their strengths and weaknesses. It critiques the Cairo, Beijing and Copenhagen conference documents and World Bank, WHO and health sector reform policies. It also offers case studies of national-level reform and advocacy efforts and appraises the controversy concerning TRIPS, trade, and essential AIDS drugs. That controversy, Petchesky argues, starkly illuminates the ‘collision course‘ of transnational corporate and global trade agendas with the struggle for gender, racial and regional equity and the human right to health. 

The author takes into account the formidable political and ideological forces confronting global justice movements and also offers a sobering reassessment of transnational women‘s NGOs themselves and such problems as ‘NGOization‘, fragmentation and donor-dependency. Petchesky argues that the power of women‘s transnational coalitions is only as great as their organic connection with grassroots social movements.
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Transnationalizing Women's Health Movements
2. UN Conferences as Sites of Discursive Struggle: Gains and Fault Lines
3. HIV/AIDS and the Human Right to Health: On a Collision Course with Global Capitalism
4. Managing Health under Global Capitalism: Equity vs. Productivity
5. Implementing International Norms at the National Level: Women's Health NGOs on the Firing Line
6. Conclusion: Reflections on Transnational Feminist Movements and Global Governance in an Era of Infinite War
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