Feminists won a major victory at the UN Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo last September, making the empowerment of women the central issue of population policy. Slowing population growth will henceforth have to be addressed within the larger context of human rights for women.
Unfortunately, crucial discussions of economic development were neglected at the ten-day meeting, and environmental concerns were almost thoroughly ignored. Representatives from southern hemisphere countries, in particular, complained that abortion debates distracted the conference from pressing social and economic issues.
The focus on women’s issues created...
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