Sexual and reproductive health

Advancing safe motherhood through human rights

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Advancing safe motherhood through human rights

Publication details

Number of pages: 176
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/01.5 - Web only


This report considers how human rights laws can be applied to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Human rights principles have long been established in national constitutional and other laws and in regional and international human rights treaties to which nations voluntarily commit themselves. This document attempts to facilitate initiatives by governmental agencies, nongovernmental groups and, for instance, international organizations to foster compliance with human rights in order to protect, respect and fulfil women’s rights to safe motherhood.