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Reproductive Health Services and Intimate Partner Violence: Shaping a Pragmatic Response In Sub-Saharan Africa



Like it or not, the intersection of violence and reproductive decision-making is showing up in the realities of women’s lives. Both movements had better organize to confront it. 1 More than a decade ago, Lori Heise and other advocates against intimate partner violence highlighted the urgent need for stronger links between their cause and the reproductive health movement. Since then, the magnitude and implications of violence against women have gained more attention, leading to greater recognition and acknowledgment of the negative consequences of violence for women’s reproductive health. At the national policy level, however, violence and reproductive health often remain distinct, despite the framing of both issues as essential components of women’s human rights and the growing evidence connecting them.

Year: 2011
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