Sexual, Reproductive Health Narrative In India: Will 2024 Turn Tables?

by Seema Bhaskaran

In India, discussions around sexual and reproductive health have been integral to family planning policies since the inception of the five-year plans. In the first five-year plans, the focus was on women as mothers and caregivers, leading to an emphasis on family planning and reproductive health. Furthermore, reproductive health has been central to all five-year plans, including programs for adolescent girls under women and child development. The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) flagship program involves nine crore women in self-help groups. Despite mobilization efforts, sexual and reproductive health remains taboo, with sparse discussions and adolescent awareness programs veiled in shame and secrecy.

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