, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 69–74

Reproductive Rights Advocacy: Concentration of effort, dilution of intention

  • Pascale Allotey
  • Daniel D Reidpath
Thematic Section

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.development.1100181

Cite this article as:
Allotey, P. & Reidpath, D. Development (2005) 48: 69. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100181


Pascale Allotey and Daniel D. Reidpath discuss the issue of female genital cutting and obstetric fistulae within the context of reproductive rights advocacy. They use these examples to discuss the potential effects on the broader reproductive rights agenda of interventions that focus narrowly on what is often a symptom of unaddressed structural violence. They argue for a broader rights approach rather than simply focusing on ameliorating the specific harm, in order to focus on the more fundamental goal, that is, the promotion of the positive freedoms.


obstetric fistula female genital cutting health women's rights campaigns violence against women 

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  • Pascale Allotey
  • Daniel D Reidpath

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