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Popul Manag. 1988 Dec;2(2):4-6.

Child survival, women and population: integrated strategies.



A forum was organized to discuss the roles of women as human beings, income earners, and mothers. For child survival and population programs to succeed, women must have improved status, with full rights, health care, education, employment, and access to political activities. In the US, women are the only provider in 50% of households. Indications are, that most of women's income is used for child related expenses, including better food, clothing, medicines, and school costs. Employed women have fewer children and therefore effect population growth. UN agencies can play an important part, in promoting these roles of women worldwide by cooperation and coordination of their activities. They also must work with governments and other international institutions and private groups to achieve child survival and improve women's status. Recent conferences produced recommendations for population plans and advancement of women. To better implement these strategies political, social, economic, religious, and cultural differences around the world must be considered, along with peoples acceptance of changes. These improvements of the status of women should be a goal in its own right.

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