This is a mimeographed draft report on a seminar on women’s rights and family planning, organized by the United Nations and held in Istanbul in the summer of 1972. It was written by an Indian female politician and a member of the Indian National Congress Mukul Banerjee (born 1925). The seminar was attended by participants from all over the world, who were addressed by the Turkish minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Kemal Demir.
The discussed chapters were:
– The scope and purpose of family planning in the context of respect for human rights and more specifically the status of women.
– The importance of family planning for women as individuals and the impact of their role in society.
– The extent to which the status of women is a factor influencing family size and the birth rate.
– The implications for the status of women of current trends in population growth.
– Future Action concerning the relationship of the status of women and family planning.
The discussions touched popular topics such as education of women, abortion and medical elements.
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