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    Best laid family plans sometimes go awry. Newspaper report.

    Stackhouse J

    In: Report on International Public Hearing on Crimes Against Women Related to Population Policies, Cairo, Egypt, September, 1994, organised by: UBINIG and Asian Women Human Rights Council [AWHRC]. Manila, Philippines, AWHRC, 1994. 33-4.

    The story is told of a government family planning worker who persuaded a Bangladeshi woman to accept sterilization in exchange for food, housing material, and US$4.50. A conference of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) was held parallel to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) during which participants argued that family planning programs have simply promoted unsafe contraceptive methods for women. The director of UBINIG, a Dhaka-based radical feminist group, argued at the meeting that aid agencies and governments allow women to suffer serious side effects in the name of stabilizing world population growth, while men are asked to do nothing to reduce fertility. Aid donors who support Bangladesh's family planning program counter that acceptance is voluntary and that it has sharply reduced birth rates, while many development agencies argue that contraceptives help millions of women by preventing them from bearing too many children. Many feminist NGOs nonetheless believe that women have little choice against government targets and incentive programs for health care workers. Several instances were cited at the NGO forum of what were described as unsafe contraception measures.
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