Reproductive identity politics in South Sudan
What are the consequences when ethnic movements and global humanitarian actors take opposing stances on reproductive health?
Breakfast seminar with Jennifer Palmer.
Illustration photo: Child Protection Personnel of UNMISS Police Visit School, South Sudan. Photo by United Nations
South Sudanese are encouraged to have families that are as large as possible, including “as many wives as a man can afford” and “as many children as God gives”. Large families not only provide security from high child mortality and care for adults in old age, but also lend social status. Since the war, international donors and domestic technical officers within the Ministry of Health have been working to legitimize birth control via modern methods as a post-war nation-building project.
In this seminar Jennifer Palmer will present collaborative work with the Universities of Juba and Oslo on the identity politics surrounding family planning and abortion which affect women, health workers and organisations attempting to use and provide reproductive health services during a period of post-conflict nation-building and the country’s recent return to civil war.
The seminar is free and open to all but requires registration.
Sandwiches, coffee and tea will be served.
About the speaker
Jennifer Palmer is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as well as a Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has been working in South Sudan since 2006.