Vyoma Dhar Sharma

Vyoma Dhar Sharma is a postdoctoral fellow with the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health. Her research focusses on the political economy of ‘inclusive’ interventions within Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) programs in India. She is examining the role of colonial legacies and international power asymmetries in determining the meaning and scope of good health for women in developing countries.

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Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India


Introduction Contraceptives are considered ‘the greatest life-saving, poverty ending, women-empowering innovation ever created’ (Gates 2019, 18). ‘Family planners’ – the global constellation of bilateral and multilateral entities, governments, philanthropies, research bodies, and NGOs working in the field of family planning – rationalize investment and intervention into ‘excessive’ fertility along two lines: namely, reductions in unintended […]