Public Lecture: Women's Empowerment and Reproductive Health
March 21, 2014March 26, 2014 6:00 pm Guyon Auditorium Morris Library
Join the Department of Economics and special guest Alaka Basu, a widely published social demographer, for a Vandeveer speaker series presentation titled "Women's Empowerment and Reproductive Health: Concepts and Evidence." This talk will try to conceptualize the extremely popular but also often glib notion of women's empowerment, especially as it is supposed to impact their reproductive health. It will develop a more complicated framework for understanding empowerment and then look at ways in which different aspects and kinds of empowerment can have very different implications for health outcomes.
Alaka Basu is a social demographer and has published widely in the areas of reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, child health and mortality, and the context and politics of population policy. She has served on the governing boards of the Population Association of America (PAA), the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the Population Council in New York. She served for six years as the Director of the South Asia Program at Cornell University. She has also taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi and at the Harvard School of Public Health.