Sexual and reproductive health

Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth

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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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