Gendered Citizenship in Nepal: A Case Study Of Women's Reproductive Health And Rights

Kamal Aghayev, Dina Illeris Simonsen, Hanne Bech Andersen & Smriti Shakya

Studenteropgave: Masterprojekt


The present chapter discusses how and to what extent the reproductive health and rights are
gendered in today's Nepal and how the underlying contextual factors impact on the citizenship
of the women in Nepal. Based on triangulation between feminist theory about gendered
citizenship, qualitative and quantitative research in the field of reproductive health and
legislations, several aspects of women’s lives in Nepal are analysed. The findings are
subsequently discussed in relation to the latest changes in structures and new actors entering
the field of reproductive health in Nepal. It is concluded that some groups of women, especially
those living in rural areas, the poorest, women of low caste and those getting married at an
early age and having many children, are in many cases excluded from citizenship on an equal
basis. Furthermore, it is concluded that reproductive health in Nepal is largely influenced by
diverse cultural and socioeconomic factors, which are intertwined and linked together. Two
main reproductive factors are extracted, as having had a particularly large impact on the
reproductive rights of women in Nepal, namely the fertility rate and access to safe abortion, as
these are key factors influencing decision-making power and agency of women.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Master
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2017
Antal sider24
VejledereOle Bruun & Johanna Hood