Local Resistances to International Agendas on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa 
Clara Carvalho (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)
Ricardo Falcão (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)
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29 June, 2017 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

This panel focus on the articulation of the agendas of human rights related to sexual and reproductive rights in Africa, discussing both the global transnational inception of these agendas and the local contexts of promotion, reception, evaluation or resistance of their implementation programs.

Long Abstract

Human rights agendas have become growingly complex since the 1990s, with newer instruments focusing on women, children or youth. Global and local institutions that try to articulate social realities with formal definitions of justice do it through working concepts such as "sexual and reproductive rights". Some of these agendas interrogate established values and social relations in many African contexts, and are often questioned on their supposed "universal" quality. The growing urbanization of the African continent, the communications' improvement, expanding demographic pattern and youth movements enhanced the capacity of expression of local movements and presented new challenges to the citizenship rights agenda. Grassroots movements and local activism that appropriate human rights discourse and operationalize it also contribute to the redefinition of the concept of citizenship.

This panel focus on the articulation of the agendas of sexual and reproductive human rights in both rural and urban settings, global transnational inception and local contexts of promotion, reception, evaluation or resistance. It highlights the tactics for promotion of social and political rights and questions how these articulate (or not) with socio-cultural representations of sexuality, gender or intergenerational relations. The panel aims at discussing local reception of campaigns of sexual and reproductive rights, and understanding how these enroll with local representations and spark resistance or acceptance. We welcome contributions that are critically oriented towards the ambiguity of both the human rights agendas and their local representations, adaptations, resistance or manipulation.

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