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The goal of ADITHI (Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Dairy, Industries, Tree Plantation, Handicrafts, Handlooms, Horticulture, Home-Based Workers, Integration of women in the key economic sectors) are empowerment and advancement of resoourceless women and girl children through awareness generation programmes, leadership development, livelihood and income generation programmes in key economic sectors by forming self-sustainable groups. The report recounts the experiences of ADITHI in the past fifteen years.
This issue of journal is about reproductive rights, advocacy and changing the law. Papers on abortion cover the role of political parties and political process in changing the law, the role of feminists and doctors in efforts to get hospitals in the context of restrictive law, and efforts to get nurses and other health workers to confront their own prejudices against abortion in order to make service provision women-centred. Two papers delve into the meaning of reproductive health and rights and the role of advocacy in implementing changes in reproductive health law, policies and services.
Six years after the Indian government affirmed its commitment to the principles of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, there is still a limited understanding of the concept of reproductive and sexual health among policymakers, programme managers and the public in India. Despite some progressive changes, there is a continuing focus on stabilising population growth rates and lack of unity of goals among women's rights advocates, service providers and policymakers. …