Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Women’s autonomy and uptake of contraception in Pakistan

Recent years have seen increasing attention being drawn to the issue of gender equality in the demographic and reproductive health literature (Federici, Mason and Sogner, 1993; Jejeebhoy, 1995; Dixon-Mueller, 1998). While some argue for this focus in the language of reproductive rights (Sen, Germain and Chen, 1994), it is also frequently asserted that greater gender equality will contribute positively to fertility decline (see, for example ESCAP, 1987).


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