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Reproductive Health Improvements in Central Asia: How much and for whom?
July 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
The past three decades are marked by substantial improvements in many Reproductive Health indicators across the countries of Central Asia. Increases in aggregate levels of knowledge, access, and practice of family planning are particularly impressive and represent substantial improvements in the health and well being of women. However, are these benefits shared equally across all women? Employing qualitative and quantitative data Cynthia traces the impact of cultural norms and structural factors on limiting the ability of rural, less educated, unmarried, and childless men and women to reap the benefits of reproductive health improvements.
Cynthia Buckley is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She formerly served as Program Director for Eurasia at the Social Science Research Council. A social demographer, Buckley recently served as the co-chair of the U.S./Russian Federation CSPP (Civil Society Private Partnerships) Committee on International Migration. She has served, or current serves, on the editorial boards of the Contemporary Sociology, Nationalities Papers, Central Asian Survey, Slavic Review, Sociological Research, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She has served as a U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist (on Migration) in Dushanbe, Chief Scientific Consultant for UNAIDS (Caucasus) and consulted with a variety of INGOs and NGOs in the Eurasian region. Publications from her previous research projects cover issues of rural development, population aging, maternal and child health, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, appearing in journals including Demographic Research, The Gerontologist: Social Science, International Migration Review, Studies in Family Planning, International Family Planning Perspectives, Women and Health, Population Research and Policy Review, Slavic Review, and Europe-Asia Studies. The lead editor of, Migration, Homeland and Belonging in Eurasia (Johns Hopkins Press, 2008), she is presently working on a manuscript exploring the socio-cultural implications of demographic change in Central Asia. Along with colleagues Erik Herron and Ralph Clem she is currently engaged in a five-year project on state capacity and conflict in central Eurasia, funded through the DoD Minerva Initiative.