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The Impact of Population Policy on Women's Reproductive Rights: The Case of the One Child Policy in China

Wang, Luyao LU (2010) SIMT95 20101
Graduate School
Master of Science in Development Studies
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis aims to explore the impact of population policy on women’s reproductive rights. I use one child policy, which has far-reaching repercussions on all Chinese women at childbearing age, as the case for this research. The following questions are asked: What is one child policy? What kinds of measures are used to lower fertility rate? What is the impact on women’s reproductive rights? I employ feminist theories on population policy and women’s reproductive rights as my theoretical framework, and the requirements of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Programme of Action (They aims to protect women’s rights and China is a signatory of the two) as a criterion, to study the case. I find... (More)
This thesis aims to explore the impact of population policy on women’s reproductive rights. I use one child policy, which has far-reaching repercussions on all Chinese women at childbearing age, as the case for this research. The following questions are asked: What is one child policy? What kinds of measures are used to lower fertility rate? What is the impact on women’s reproductive rights? I employ feminist theories on population policy and women’s reproductive rights as my theoretical framework, and the requirements of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Programme of Action (They aims to protect women’s rights and China is a signatory of the two) as a criterion, to study the case. I find that Chinese women have no rights to make decisions regarding the number or interval of pregnancies. Their social entitlement to exercise reproductive rights is also restrained if they violate the one child policy. Incentive and disincentive measures are frequently used to influence women’s choices, rather than using educational and voluntary measures encouraged by PoA. In order to lower fertility rates and at same time facility women’s reproductive rights, the Chinese government needs to do more to meet CEDAW and PoA requirements. (Less)
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Wang, Luyao LU
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SIMT95 20101
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Social Maintenance Fee, Social Entitlement, Family Planning, One Child Policy, Reproductive Rights
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English
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1613401
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims to explore the impact of population policy on women’s reproductive rights. I use one child policy, which has far-reaching repercussions on all Chinese women at childbearing age, as the case for this research. The following questions are asked: What is one child policy? What kinds of measures are used to lower fertility rate? What is the impact on women’s reproductive rights? I employ feminist theories on population policy and women’s reproductive rights as my theoretical framework, and the requirements of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Programme of Action (They aims to protect women’s rights and China is a signatory of the two) as a criterion, to study the case. I find that Chinese women have no rights to make decisions regarding the number or interval of pregnancies. Their social entitlement to exercise reproductive rights is also restrained if they violate the one child policy. Incentive and disincentive measures are frequently used to influence women’s choices, rather than using educational and voluntary measures encouraged by PoA. In order to lower fertility rates and at same time facility women’s reproductive rights, the Chinese government needs to do more to meet CEDAW and PoA requirements.},
  author       = {Wang, Luyao},
  keyword      = {Social Maintenance Fee,Social Entitlement,Family Planning,One Child Policy,Reproductive Rights},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Impact of Population Policy on Women's Reproductive Rights: The Case of the One Child Policy in China},
  year         = {2010},
}