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Lunchtime Seminar, Takiyah Harper-Shipman

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dodd Center 162 Storrs Campus *Lunch will be provided

Lunchtime Seminar with Takiyah Harper-Shipman, Postdoctoal Fellow in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University

"The Audacity of Choice: the limitations of reproductive rights in West Africa"

Do the discourses and practices surrounding reproductive rights lead to women having more reproductive freedoms? This project will look specifically at the application of reproductive rights through discursive and programmatic interventions in family planning throughout West Africa - a region with very low contraception prevalence. Based on preliminary data, Takiyah suggests that the interlinking of reproductive rights discourse and development practices (rights-based development) actually infringes on West African women's reproductive rights.

Dr. Harper-Shipman received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Suggested readings for the lunchtime seminar:

Undie, Chi-Chi, and Chimaraoke O Izugbara. 2011. "Unpacking Rights in Indigenous African Societies: Indigenous Culture and the Question of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa." BMC International Health and Human Rights 11 (Suppl 3): S2.

Yamin, Alicia Ely, and Vanessa M. Boulanger. 2014. "Why Global Goals and Indicators Matter: The Experience of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Millennium Development Goals." Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 15 (2-3): 218-31.

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Co-Sponsored by the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights of the Human Rights Institute, the "Ethnographic Research Colloquium" of the Department of Anthropology, Department of Political Science and the Economic and Social Rights Group of the Human Rights Institute.


Human Rights Institute (primary), Anthropology Department, UConn Master Calendar

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