Global Perspectives on Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse

  • Shonali Choudhury
  • Jennifer Toller Erausquin
  • Mellissa Withers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Childhood and Emerging Adulthood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marie A. Brault, Stephen L. Schensul, Shweta Bankar
      Pages 21-39
    3. Brittany D. Chambers, Jennifer Toller Erausquin
      Pages 59-71
  3. Childbearing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Charlotte E. Warren, Pooja Sripad, Annie Mwangi, Charity Ndwiga, Wilson Liambila, Ben Bellows
      Pages 91-109
  4. Reproductive Control

  5. Violence

  6. Beyond Reproduction

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 411-441

About this book


This expansive survey spotlights pervasive issues affecting girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health across the lifecourse. Research from diverse countries around the world analyzes the complex relationships among biological, psychological, sociocultural, and economic issues—particularly in terms of inequities—as they shape women’s lives. Major challenges and possibilities for intervention are examined in their national context and with their global implications, including child marriage/motherhood, reproductive care and access, fertility, childbearing, contraception, abortion, HIV/STIs, gender-based violence, sexual pleasure, and menopause. In these forceful dispatches, a consistent human rights perspective emphasizes women’s control, autonomy, and agency in all stages of their lives.

A sampling of topics covered:

  • Girl child marriage: a persistent global women’s health and human rights violation
  • Investigating challenges and resilience among women living with obstetric fistula in Kenya
  • A qualitative exploration of mainstream and social media reflections on abortion
  • A continuum of severity of sexual intimate partner violence among black women in the United States
  • Economic empowerment to improve sexual and reproductive health among women and girls
Summarizing an interdisciplinary field on research and practical levels, Global Perspectives on Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse will be an invaluable text for undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of fields, including public health, global health, women’s studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and human rights.


sexual and reproductive rights global women's health women's empowerment reproductive justice abortion family planning gender-based violence teenage motherhood teen pregnancy child marriage reproductive decision-making human rights social justice women's health maternal health reproductive health sexual health global health

Editors and affiliations

  • Shonali Choudhury
    • 1
  • Jennifer Toller Erausquin
    • 2
  • Mellissa Withers
    • 3
  1. 1.San JuanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Health EducationUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60416-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60417-6
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