1st Edition

Rethinking Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Young Women in Southern Africa A Critical Perspective

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    This important book provides a critical examination of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young women and girls in Southern Africa, examining the ways in which current policies and programmes aimed at improving SRHR often fail to reach the most marginalised populations.

    Addressing key regional challenges such as high rates of unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and high rates of HIV, the book highlights how health inequalities in the region are in fact increasing, despite the Sustainable Development Goal of ‘leaving no one behind’.  It draws on theoretical analysis and empirical data gathered from studies carried out in five Southern African countries (Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), arguing that a continued focus on HIV and interventions which target health in a narrow sense often fail to understand the wider socio-economic determinants of poor sexual reproductive health, and the ways in which girls and young women are made vulnerable. 

    Written by leading scholars in the field, this will be essential reading for students and researchers in Global Health, International Development, Women’s Studies, and all related fields.


    1: Introduction

    2: Understanding and Identifying Vulnerability in SRHR research and policy

    3: Understanding the Vulnerabilities of Sexual-Economic Exchange

    4: Going beyond HIV: Shifting the Dialogue from Risk to Rights

    5: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: The Most Pressing Challenge for SRHR?

    6: Conclusion: Vulnerability and Climate Change



    Tamaryn L Crankshaw is a senior research fellow and leads the SRHR Programme at the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

    Jane Freedman is a Professor at the Université of Paris 8, France and Director of the Paris Centre for Sociological and Political Research (CRESPPA).

    Carolien Aantjes is a senior research fellow at HEARD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and senior researcher in the Access to Justice research group of the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Nana K. Poku is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa and Executive Director at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at UKZN.