Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth
Emphasizing the rights of women to dignified, respectful healthcare through pregnancy and childbirth
International human rights frameworks highlight disrespect and abuse during childbirth as an important human rights issue and can aid women’s health advocates in raising awareness and developing policy initiatives on the importance of respectful maternal care. Rights-based approaches to organizing and managing health systems can facilitate the provision of respectful, quality care at birth.
Selected human rights documents
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Respectful Maternity Care Charter: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women
Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights: A toolbox for examining laws, regulations and policies
Using human rights for sexual and reproductive health: improving legal and regulatory frameworks:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Technical Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights