Raising Women’s Voices

Looking out for women’s reproductive health around the world

Posted in Maternity Care, Reproductive Health Care, Sexual health by raisingwomensvoices on June 19, 2009

Funding for primary reproductive and sexual health care in the United States and around the world has not been as robust as those participating in the first international conference on population development 15 years ago. Women continue to die of pregnancy-related infections, complications, and other issues related to the lack of services available. The United Nations Human Rights council adopted a resolution that classifies maternal death and sickness as human rights violations. This resolution will hopefully guide nations and international organizations to pressure governments to provide more comprehensive education and services. Specifically, it has been stated that “the work of the Human Rights Committee, just as an example, is clear: Where women are forced to risk their lives and health because safe abortion services are not available, governments are in violation of their international treaty obligations”. This is a very exciting development and something to be celebrated. Read the whole article about this UN resolution at RH Reality Check.

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