Young People&#039;s Rights https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/192/all en Expulsion of Pregnant and Married Girls from School Must Stop https://reproductiverights.org/story/forced-pregnancy-testing-schoolgirls-tanzania-must-stop <span>Expulsion of Pregnant and Married Girls from School Must Stop</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">The Center has filed a complaint to bring this discriminatory and reprehensible practice to a halt</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/475" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">stacym</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:43</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><meta name="twitter:card" content="summary_large_image" /><meta name="twitter:description" content="The Center has filed a lawsuit to bring this discriminatory and reprehensible practice to a halt" /><meta name="twitter:title" content="Expulsion of Pregnant and Married Girls from School Must Stop" /><meta name="twitter:image" content="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/20190617-TZFiling-og-image-v2.jpg" /><p>On June 17, with our Tanzanian partner the Legal and Human Rights Centre, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a complaint before the <em>African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child </em>challenging the forced pregnancy testing and expulsion of pregnant and married school girls, and the lack of policy regarding re-entry.</p> <p>Every year, thousands of adolescent girls in Tanzania are subjected to this invasive practice, which has been almost universally adopted by school administrators and is supported by government officials under the guise of curbing early pregnancies. Our complaint urges the Committee to find that these practices infringe on girls’ rights to education and equality and non-discrimination, and are not in line with the principle of the best interest of the child. We also request that the Government of Tanzania implement measures to ensure access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and information, a more effective way to prevent early pregnancies.</p> <p>This complaint was born from <a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/crr_Tanzania_Report_Part1.pdf">a fact-finding report</a> the Center published that documented the impact forced pregnancy testing and school expulsion has on adolescent girls’ lives. In our report, secondary school students Sikudhani and Tatu recalled being misled and surprised by school officials the first time they were forced to undergo a school-mandated pregnancy test. Neither girl was asked to give consent. “It’s an ambush order,” explained Tatu. Both girls were lined up with the rest of their female classmates to await their turn at testing, which sometimes includes an invasive physical exam as well as a urinary test.</p> <p>If found to be pregnant, girls are immediately expelled and are often banned from returning to school after giving birth. Preventing adolescent girls from completing their studies leads to a cascade of harms that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and gender inequality: education is a critical pathway for a person’s ability to engage meaningfully in the economic, political, and social life of their country and their community.</p> <p>In filing this case today, we seek to break this continuum, and demand that the government immediately cease forced pregnancy testing and the expulsion of pregnant and married girls. In its place, the government and schools must provide appropriate and necessary reproductive health education, information, and services to ensure that Tanzanian adolescent girls—and all youth—can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and future.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/tanzania" hreflang="en">Tanzania</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:43:40 +0000 stacym 58588 at https://reproductiverights.org Center for Reproductive Rights and the Legal and Human Rights Centre file a complaint challenging the expulsion and exclusion of pregnant school girls in Tanzania https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/complaint-challenging-expulsion-of-pregnant-girls-in-tanzania <span>Center for Reproductive Rights and the Legal and Human Rights Centre file a complaint challenging the expulsion and exclusion of pregnant school girls in Tanzania </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><strong>Dar es Salaam - (</strong>PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) filed a Complaint before the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child challenging the expulsion and exclusion of pregnant girls from public schools in Tanzania. The Complaint was filed on behalf of female students in Tanzania and alleges violations of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and other international and regional human rights instruments ratified by the country.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>"Forcing girls to undergo pregnancy tests against their will, expelling them from schools if found to be pregnant, and denying re-entry after childbirth infringes on their right to education and equality and non-discrimination,” said Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights. </strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Tanzania has a long history of implementing discriminatory practices against pregnant schoolgirls. In June 2017, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli sparked outrage from local and regional human rights groups by declaring that students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>“While both boy and girl students may face interruptions to their schooling, girls disproportionately bear the harshest consequences under the Tanzanian law. Pregnant school girls have a right to education and should be supported to stay in schools” said Fulgence Massawe, Director of Advocacy and Reforms at the Legal and Human Rights Centre</strong>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Yesterday, on the Day of the African Child, the world reflected on the unique challenges that children face throughout the continent. Today, we take action to hold the Tanzanian government accountable for violating the rights of adolescent girls and the continual rise of teen pregnancies in Tanzania. The <span><span><a href="https://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR321/FR321.pdf"><span><span>2015-2016 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey</span></span></a></span></span> found that one in four women aged 15 to 19 are mothers. Schools often lack comprehensive sexuality education, <span><span><a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/sites/crr.civicactions.net/files/documents/crr_Tanzania_Report_Part1.pdf"><span><span>with students reporting</span></span></a></span></span> that they do not have the information they need to prevent pregnancy. Many of these girls became pregnant as a result of rape. Currently, there is no national sexuality education curriculum in mainland Tanzania. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On September 2012, Legal and Human Rights Centre, together with the National Organisation for Legal Assistance, filed a petition in the High Court of Tanzania against the Minister of Education and Vocational Training and the Attorney General of Tanzania on behalf of school girls in Tanzania, alleging that forced pregnancy testing in schools and the enforcement of the provisions of the 2002 Education (Expulsion and Exclusion of Pupils from Schools) Regulation, as far it is used to expel pregnant students from school, violated the provisions of the Constitution of Tanzania, in particular, Article 13 of the Constitution which guarantees the right to equality and non-discrimination. In August 2017, nearly five years after the petitioners first filed the case, the High Court dismissed the petitioners’ case on all counts. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights released <span><span><a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/document/tanzania-report-forced-out-mandatory-pregnancy-testing-expulsion"><span><span>Forced Out</span></span></a></span></span><em>: Mandatory Pregnancy Testing and the Expulsion of Pregnant Students in Tanzanian Schools,</em> a publication which documented that school officials in Tanzania were mandatorily expelling pregnant girls from schools. The same publication pointed out that annually, an estimated 8,000 female students dropped out of school due to pregnancy. Mandatory pregnancy testing is a serious infringement of girls’ rights to privacy and autonomy. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/tanzania" hreflang="en">Tanzania</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:59:56 +0000 ehorwitz 58593 at https://reproductiverights.org Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/lambda-legal-center-for-reproductive-rights-and-americans-united-sue-trump-administration <span>Lambda Legal, Center for Reproductive Rights and Americans United Sue Trump Administration to Block Denial of Care Rule</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>(PRESS RELEASE) – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Lambda Legal, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit challenging the “Denial of Care” Rule issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the <a href="/sites/default/files/2019-05/19CV-2916-Complaint.pdf">lawsuit </a>(County of Santa Clara vs. HHS), filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in coordination with Santa Clara County, the organizations are representing Trust Women Seattle, Hartford GYN, Whitman-Walker Health, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Center on Halsted, Mazzoni Center, GLMA, Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, Medical Students for Choice and various physicians. Mayer Brown, LLP is serving as pro bono counsel.<br /><br /> The new regulation invites health care workers – doctors, nurses, EMTs, administrators and clerical staff – to deny medical treatment and services to patients because of personal religious or moral beliefs. Health care facilities that do not comply risk losing federal funding. The regulation will cause mass confusion among health care providers and is completely infeasible to implement. As a result, health care facilities may do away with reproductive and LGBTQ services altogether, leaving millions without access to critical health care.<br /><br /> The lawsuit argues that the rule is unconstitutional because it advances specific religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment; violates patients’ rights to privacy, liberty and equal dignity as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment; and chills patients’ speech and expression in violation of the First Amendment, all to the detriment of patients’ health and well-being. The lawsuit also asserts that HHS violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in creating the rule by arbitrarily and capriciously failing to consider the impact on patients.<br /><br /> “The breadth of the harm this new rule will cause is impossible to exaggerate, and opens up yet another front in the Trump Administration’s assault on civil rights of minorities and already marginalized, vulnerable populations,” <strong>Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Jamie Gliksberg</strong> said. “This almost limitless invitation to discriminate will inevitably result in women, LGBT people and religious minorities facing hostile health care workers and denials of medical care at moments of greatest need, where any delay could be fatal.”<br /><br /> “Discrimination in the delivery of health care can be a matter of life or death. This new policy could threaten anyone seeking medical care in this country, but will fall particularly hard on women and LGBTQ patients,” said <strong>Nancy Northup, president &amp; CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>. “The Trump Administration is skirting Congressional approval to push through this extreme and dangerous policy. It’s a glaring violation of patients’ right to equal treatment.”<br /><br /> “The Trump administration will stop at nothing to sanction discrimination in the name of religion in every facet of our lives,” said <strong>Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United</strong>. “We will not tolerate this dangerous policy that puts the health of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and so many others in jeopardy. Our government should be protecting America’s patients, not putting their lives at risk and calling it religious freedom. The Constitution does not condone this type of grave harm to others.”<br /><br /> “This rule encourages discrimination against vulnerable patients already facing barriers to care,” said <strong>James R. Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel</strong>. “It places an enormous burden on public health care networks like the County’s, which already have robust protections in place to accommodate employees’ religious objections without compromising care to the communities we serve.”<br /><br /> The rule applies to all health care facilities that receive federal funding through HHS, which includes most hospitals. Threatened with the loss of all federal funding and facing confusing and unworkable requirements, many health care facilities will face strong incentives to do away with critical health care services for women and the LGBTQ community.<br /><br /> The rule could also lead to many LGBTQ patients not fully disclosing their identity and medical history for fear of discrimination, resulting in improper or incomplete care. While marginalized communities are the intended target, the rule is so broad that the religious objections of a health care worker could result in anyone – the elderly, children, and those in critical condition – being denied lifesaving medical care.</p> <p><strong>From The Plaintiffs:</strong></p> <p>“Hartford GYN Center has been an established community resource for families in New England for over 40 years,” said <strong>Elizabeth Barnes, President of The Women’s Centers</strong>. “We pride ourselves on providing reproductive health care – including first and second trimester abortion – that is patient-centered. Our staff are experts in the field and we are routinely referred to by area specialists, hospitals and universities. If we were to deny care or medical referrals, we would no longer serve the needs of the community who have come to depend on Hartford GYN Center thanks to our reputation based in non-judgmental and science-based care. The HHS Denial of Care rule would deliberately drive reputable health care providers away from Connecticut and would not serve patients’ best interests.”</p> <p>“We at Whitman-Walker Health stand for dignity, affirmation and respect in healthcare,” said <strong>Naseema Safi, CEO, Whitman-Walker Health</strong>. “We stand for providing the right level of care for our patients, as directed by the needs that they report to us. We stand for the evidence-based and ethically driven guidelines that are the foundation of our work. The language within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ‘Denial-of-Care’ rule has left us with only one clear option, and that was to advocate for access to health care. This is not a new position for Whitman-Walker. This is, in fact, the kind of discrimination that led to our founding.”</p> <p>“This so-called ‘conscience rights’ rule is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to codify discrimination against LGBT people, among others. It eliminates critical health care protections and puts millions of lives at risk. Moreover, it is a clear violation of civil rights laws, medical ethics, and basic human values,” said <strong>Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean</strong>. “Time and again we have stood in opposition as this Administration has levied blow after blow against the LGBT community. Now, we are taking the fight to them.”</p> <p>“Patients at Trust Women Seattle have conveyed that they have been disrespected and demeaned by other health care providers for making independent decisions about their health care, including past and present reproductive health care choices,” said <strong>Julie Burkhart, CEO of Trust Women</strong>, which operates abortion clinics in underserved areas. “Our core mission is to treat all patients with dignity and compassion and, above all, respect the autonomous choices of our patients. This mission is our central focus because we understand that many of our patients, and many patients around the country, have been marginalized in seeking needed medical services.”</p> <p>"Like all Americans, LGBT people deserve high-quality health care. Unfortunately, the LGBT community experiences challenges when it comes to accessing high-quality health care, leading to significant health disparities and worsened health outcomes,” said <strong>Adrian Shanker, Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center</strong> in Allentown, PA. “These health challenges will be exacerbated due to the HHS Denial-of-Care Rule. This is especially true in small, under-served cities and rural communities like the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania where we are located. That's why Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is suing the Trump administration. We cannot stand by and allow such an ill-considered rule to go into effect while the health of our community suffers."</p> <p>"The Denial of Care rule strikes at the very core of GLMA’s mission by encouraging discrimination in healthcare against LGBTQ people, people living with HIV and women, all of whom already face frequent and pervasive discrimination when seeking healthcare,” said <strong>Hector Vargas, Executive Director, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality.</strong> “The Denial of Care rule also stands in direct conflict with the Joint Commission and the major medical and health professional associations representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers that have adopted standards to ensure all patients, including LGBTQ patients, are treated with respect and without bias and discrimination. The rule endangers the lives of LGBTQ people by putting their health at risk and must be invalidated immediately.”</p> <p>“Center on Halsted is committed to the right to bodily autonomy, whether for a transgender individual seeking healthcare or a person seeking reproductive healthcare,” said <strong>Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Valle</strong>. “We have fought long and hard for the rights of LGBTQ people to live free from harm, particularly when the systems that should be providing safety nets fail us. This is one of those times. This Denial-of-Care Rule is the latest in attacks on the LGBTQ community by the current administration. Center on Halsted will do everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Our community deserves better from our government institutions.”</p> <p>“Medical Students for Choice is challenging the Denial of Care Rule because this rule will negatively impact our members’ ability to receive the education they will need to adequately care for their patients, greatly harming the quality of care everyone will receive from all future doctors nationwide,” said <strong>Lois Backus, executive director of Medical Students for Choice</strong>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>PRESS CONTACTS:</strong></p> <p>Center for Reproductive Rights: Kelly Krause, 917-637-3649, <a href="mailto:kkrause@reprorights.org">kkrause@reprorights.org</a><br /> Americans United: Tali Israeli, 202-466-3234, <a href="mailto:israeli@au.org">israeli@au.org</a><br /> ; Lambda Legal: Tom Warnke, 213-841-4503, <a href="mailto:twarnke@lambdalegal.org">twarnke@lambdalegal.org</a><br /><br /><br /><strong>About the Center for Reproductive Rights</strong><br /> Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive health and autonomy. The Center’s groundbreaking court cases have expanded access to safe abortion, birth control and maternal healthcare in the U.S. and across the globe.<br /><br /><strong>About Lambda Legal</strong><br /> Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.<br /><br /><strong>About Americans United for Separation of Church and State</strong><br /> Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/country-santa-clara-vs-hhs" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara v. HHS</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/county-of-santa-clara-vs-hhs-complaint" hreflang="en">County of Santa Clara vs. HHS: Complaint</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/sex-education" hreflang="en">Sex Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/medical-education" hreflang="en">Medical Education</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-barriers-0" hreflang="en">Other Barriers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 28 May 2019 18:01:19 +0000 jmccabe 58534 at https://reproductiverights.org Elizabeth Banks Helps Raise $380,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/elizabeth-banks-helps-raise-380000-center-reproductive-rights <span>Elizabeth Banks Helps Raise $380,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/94" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">firefly</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>(PRESS RELEASE) —The Center for Reproductive Rights raised $380,000 yesterday evening at their inaugural Los Angeles benefit, co-hosted by Elizabeth Banks and board member Heidi Lindelof at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. Other speakers included Busy Philipps, Sarah Jones and Ali Rushfield, who spoke about the importance of bodily autonomy and reproductive healthcare for women and girls around the world.</p> <p>More than 400 attendees came out to show their support for The Center, including celebrities like Adam Scott, Amy Brenneman, JJ Abrams, Charlie Day, Bellamy Young, Rhea Perlman, Michael Schur and Damon Lindelof. At the benefit, Banks and Rushfield debuted a sneak peek of their upcoming HULU comedy<span> </span><em>Shrill,</em><span> </span>which is adapted from Lindy West’s memoir of the same name. Reproductive healthcare and the complex realities women face when making these decisions are featured in the show. Busy Philipps also spoke at the event about her own experience with abortion, as chronicled in her book<span> </span><em>This Will Only Hurt a Little</em>.</p> <p>“I’ve been a proud supporter of the Center for Reproductive Rights since 2012, when I participated in their<span> </span><a href="http://www.drawtheline.org/">campaign</a><span> </span>to share real women’s stories about abortion.” Said<span> </span><strong>co-host Elizabeth Banks.</strong><span> </span>“Our stories are what connect us. They’re how we identify with one another and understand each other’s circumstances.”</p> <p>“It’s inspiring to see such an outpouring of support here in Hollywood for our work and the fundamental belief that reproductive rights are human rights,” said<span> </span><strong>Nancy Northup, President &amp; CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights.</strong><span> </span>“Under President Trump, the courts of this country have been threatened, but they remain a vital part of our democracy. We’re continuing to fight for the rights of women, doctors and clinics in courtrooms and legislatures across the country. Not only to expand our reproductive rights, but to make sure that the hard-won victories of past generations are not lost.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/censorship" hreflang="en">Censorship</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/contraception" hreflang="en">Contraception</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/funding-for-reproductive-healthcare" hreflang="en">Funding for Reproductive Healthcare</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/states-usa" hreflang="en">In the States (USA)</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 17:26:02 +0000 firefly 58216 at https://reproductiverights.org The forgotten, rejected and neglected women of Pakistan: Kiran’s story. https://reproductiverights.org/story/kirans-story <span>The forgotten, rejected and neglected women of Pakistan: Kiran’s story.</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Government of Sindh must take action to protect the thousands of women afflicted with obstetric fistula</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/99" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mthai</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p><em>UPDATE, January 2019: In response to the petition, the Health Department of Sindh has committed to establishing four fistula repair centers in the province to improve availability of fistula repair treatment. In its annual planning documents, the Health Department referred to the petition specifically as the justification for allocating funds for fistula repair treatment. In response to directions from the court, the Health Department also recently provided a list of the working gynecologists in government hospitals in Sindh. The list reveals that a majority of gynecologist positions are vacant and that a number of districts in Sindh do not have any gynecologists working in government hospitals. On the last hearing date in January 2019, the Court directed the Health Secretary to take action to increase the number of gynecologists in government hospitals.  The Health Secretary pledged to provide a report on the measures taken to rectify the alarming situation at the next hearing on February 19, 2019.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>01/30/2019</strong> - In her early 20s, Kiran Sohail, a resident of Karachi, gave birth to her first child. Shortly after the delivery, Kiran developed the symptoms of obstetric fistula, a debilitating, preventable pregnancy-related injury that plunged her into almost a decade of unbearable suffering and isolation.</p> <p>Obstetric fistula—most often caused by prolonged, obstructed labor that is not addressed by prompt obstetric care—occurs when a hole opens between the birth canal and the bladder, causing the constant, uncontrollable leaking of urine and/or feces. With the proper treatment, the devastating condition can be quickly repaired. But, Kiran did not receive this treatment as she was unable to afford it.</p> <p>And so, like thousands of victims of obstetric fistula, Kiran experienced intense social stigma and shame and was forced to live in extreme discomfort, making it nearly impossible for her to perform daily tasks or leave her home. Many of those afflicted with the condition are abused, shunned and even abandoned by their families, communities, and spouses.</p> <p>Before finding a qualified provider at a charitable hospital who was able to perform the surgery to repair the fistula free of cost, Kiran sought treatment for <em>eight years</em>, but was repeatedly told by doctors at private and government health facilities that they lacked the training to provide treatment.</p> <p>In the summer of 2015, the Center for Reproductive Rights responded to this injustice by teaming up with Pakistani lawyer Sara Malkani, then <a href="https://www.reproductiverights.org/initiatives/sarjai">South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJAI)</a> fellow and now the Center’s Advocacy Advisor for Asia, to take legal action on behalf of Kiran—and thousands of women and girls like her. Together, we filed a petition in the High Court of Sindh, Karachi, demanding that the government ensure affordable access to, and information about, treatment for obstetric fistula in every district in the province of Sindh.</p> <p>Although the petition is still pending, the Court has passed a number of significant interim orders as a result of the petition. The court ordered funds to be allocated for fistula repair training programs as well as treatment and rehabilitation services for patients. The Sindh Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme also began talks with petitioners to allocate appropriate funds to build fistula repair centers in the province.   </p> <p>The filing against the Sindh government was developed as part of SARJAI, a partnership spearheaded by the Center that brings together lawyers in the region to promote the use of legal-accountability strategies to address ongoing violations of women’s reproductive rights across South Asia.</p> <p>While this is the first case in Pakistan seeking recognition of the widespread incidence of obstetric fistula as a violation of women’s fundamental rights to dignity and life, international and regional legal precedents provide a strong basis for the High Court of Sindh to recognize Pakistani women’s right to access reproductive health care.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/pakistani-high-court-calls-for-response-to-allegations-women-are-denied-maternal-health-services" hreflang="en">Pakistani High Court Calls for Response to Allegations Women Are Denied Maternal Health Services</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/pakistan-addresses-high-rate-of-fistula" hreflang="en">Pakistan Addresses High Rate of Fistula </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/asia" hreflang="en">Asia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/pakistan" hreflang="en">Pakistan</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:14:02 +0000 mthai 58262 at https://reproductiverights.org The tragic impacts of unsafe abortion care in Kenya are all too real. https://reproductiverights.org/story/wanjikus-story <span>The tragic impacts of unsafe abortion care in Kenya are all too real.</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Hundreds of thousands of Kenyan women and girls have risked their lives to end a pregnancy. This is Wanjiku&#039;s story.</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/99" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mthai</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/24/2019 - 18:43</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>In Kenya, abortion is allowed only when the life and health of the mother is at risk or in when a trained medical professional believes the situation to be an emergency. Due to intense stigma and shame surrounding abortion, women are forced to seek clandestine care from untrained health providers. Approximately a quarter of the estimated 465,000 illegal abortions that women seek out in Kenya each year result in severe complications and hospitalizations. Thousands of women and girls are injured for life—or do not survive. Our client, Wanjiku, not her real name, was one of these girls.</p> <p>In the Kenyan context, <em>Wanjiku </em>is symbolic of an ordinary person—any woman, every woman—and in a country where more than 30 percent of girls under 18 experience sexual violence and more than 40 percent of pregnancies are unintentional, Wanjiku’s story represents the stories of hundreds of thousands just like her.</p> <p>When she was just 14, Wanjiku was coerced into a sexual relationship with an older man in her village and later discovered that she was pregnant. Abortion is stigmatized in Kenya due to conservative religious beliefs, and Wanjiku found herself in a desperate situation with no way out.</p> <p>Like many other women and girls who find themselves in this position, Wanjiku sought abortion care from an unqualified provider. She became ill almost immediately after the procedure and required immediate medical attention. Instead, she had to visit multiple hospitals that could not provide the necessary services. When she finally did find a qualified facility, she was neglected, abused, and forced to sleep on a mattress on the dirty hospital floor during her stay.   </p> <p>In 2015, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a petition to hold the government accountable for this gross injustice. The petition challenges the lack of guidelines on abortion that can guide health care providers in cases such as Wanjiku’s. The petition further challenges the government’s directive banning health providers from participating in any abortion training thus limiting their ability to respond in cases where abortion is necessary of where post abortion care is required.  By withdrawing the Standards and Guidelines for reducing morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortions in Kenya, prohibiting trainings on safe abortion care, and banning medabon, a safe and effective method of medication abortion, the Kenyan government stole Wanjiku’s life.</p> <p>The Center has been fighting for Wanjiku and her mother for almost four years now. For Three years after the petition was filed, and after suffering from a slew of severe health complications for over four years as a result of the botched procedure, Wanjiku passed away.</p> <p>The Center has been fighting for Wanjiku and her mother for almost four years now, and for those four years, Wanjiku suffered from a slew of severe health complications that could have been prevented if she had received timely care after the botched procedure. Ultimately, this delay in care led to her premature death last year.</p> <p>This story is all too common in Kenya, and the Center for Reproductive Rights will not stop fighting until Wanjiku, her mother, and countless families like theirs receive justice for the flagrant human rights violations that they have suffered.</p> <p>In December 2018, the Center had the last hearing and submissions in the case. It is currently pending judgment on notice from the judges.</p> <p><a href="https://secure3.convio.net/cfrr/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app30132b?df_id=5880&amp;5880.donation=form1&amp;s_src=webfeature&amp;s_subsrc=datasync&amp;_ga=2.236133766.603131060.1556140089-2085880141.1541788324&amp;NONCE_TOKEN=D9298E9984C286543D8969812BE2FB90"><img alt="Donate Now" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="de03996c-bac2-4f09-819a-db1c35452f67" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/donate_now_red_1_0_1.png" /></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/kenya" hreflang="en">Kenya</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:43:54 +0000 mthai 58265 at https://reproductiverights.org Joint Statement: Welcoming the Gains of Women’s and Girl’s Rights at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council https://reproductiverights.org/document/joint-statement-welcoming-the-gains-of-womens-and-girls-rights <span>Joint Statement: Welcoming the Gains of Women’s and Girl’s Rights at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/other" hreflang="en">Other</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, the World Young Women Christian Association welcome the major gains on women’s and girls’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Joint%20Statement%2038th%20Session%20HRC-2018.07.10.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=143759">Joint Statement 38th Session HRC-2018.07.10.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/accountability-bodies" hreflang="en">Accountability Bodies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-nations" hreflang="en">United Nations</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/european-human-rights-system" hreflang="en">European Human Rights System</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:26:11 +0000 Anonymous 58151 at https://reproductiverights.org Nigeria’s Federal High Court Strikes Out Civil Society Organization’s Case of a Woman Who Was Illegally Detained and Died During Confinement https://reproductiverights.org/Nigeria-High-Court-Case-Woman-Illegally-Detained-Died <span>Nigeria’s Federal High Court Strikes Out Civil Society Organization’s Case of a Woman Who Was Illegally Detained and Died During Confinement</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p><strong>(PRESS RELEASE)</strong> The family of a woman who was illegally detained for the inability to clear her medical bill and denied emergency services leading to her death, yesterday had their case dismissed by the Federal High Court in Nigeria, due to a procedural irregularity that should not be applicable if the court had addressed the case as a human rights violation case. The case was brought to the Court in 2015 by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) with technical support from the Center for Reproductive Rights. WARDC intends to appeal the decision and refile the case.</p> <p><strong>“This is travesty of Justice for Folake’s family. Folake was denied emergency care when she needed it most and left to die for her inability to clear medical bills despite efforts by her family to raise part of the money.’’ </strong>Said Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director of WARDC<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>“This is a blow to Nigerian women who seek maternal health services at both private and public health facilities and are faced with this kind of treatment.</strong></p> <p><strong>“It is the duty of government to ensure that Nigerian women and girls have access to quality and affordable reproductive healthcare services.”</strong></p> <p>High Court Justice Abdulazeez Anka struck out the case, stating that it was the wrong mode of commencement of action, and that a writ should have been applied.</p> <p><strong>“Illegal detention, abuse and mistreatment of care-seekers by health care providers at public health facilities should be strongly condemned and those involved should be held accountable.’’ </strong>Said Onyema Afulukwe, Senior Counsel for Africa, from the Center for Reproductive Rights.</p> <p><strong>“The government and law enforcement agencies must take the necessary steps to protect patients from unlawful detention in healthcare facilities and enact laws and policies that will end this shameful act of detention and ensure women’s human rights.’’</strong></p> <p>Nigeria has the highest number of maternal deaths in the world, with more than 58,000 women dying from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth each year, according to the <a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=c4aom5-2FxFqzUWhy65d9a-2FecmN8Rq57lG9jiAfAdJAuVgqA5aKD3-2B5OiUKquahgBBQu1J22arIW65cjR-2FYHZmqhpnRY-2FwGznlU4fPToMwGEt06L0vjkAyJ4S0Y2iYHDHRTznDlKLnxw4cd3ImJU9RbybFBwUFBdtPvqtksmFmOSdFUOAf64q5gL6ZD1UFyQWP_NNtbKgYe-2BrjxB6v8kn12hHom5nFRB4h7A2ym1x2wlvMAXLTHLXgh0rMSnd1EYyeWQZapV111tnIhmoqea-2FdQCHgDSSoGv-2FLKGKm2wwoGCv9Juo4DGFrx1YYkm5BDCN1KDtt-2BFJTDTSLRLatdM-2BsUNXpAEpfes70SLzvJkBcytJ17xvYBDxOdDr-2FiFVRDul7gKKBpVbKn0VMGm5DSP7YiXSWmKCJCcJW8xObrdnufQxsC7Fczzncyqow6seG-2By-2FsOXvjIPWaSzBSoUgyiO3svya6kfQ7ZXPcevPatf3x3ZdJLAgLm-2Fercsdt4zFZ-2BY9Lv">World Health Organization statistics</a>, yet most of these deaths and health consequences are preventable.</p> <p>In September 2014, Folake Oduyoye was admitted to Lagos University Teaching Hospital on due to complications from a caesarean delivery at another hospital on August 30. After receiving treatment and being discharged in October 2014, she and her husband received an outstanding bill of N 1,382,700, an equivalent of USD 3,840. He paid N 300,000, an equivalent of USD 830 but that was not sufficient for the hospital and they detained Folake—keeping her in a heavily guarded ward that lacked a toilet, electricity or mosquito netting.</p> <p>She was denied any medical attention because the hospital claimed she had been discharged, yet was locked in a ward against her will and needed post-surgical care for her caesarean. Her husband made multiple pleas for her release, assuring the hospital that they would pay the remaining balance monthly. But weeks went by, and she started having serious health complications. Their cries for help were ignored and Folake died in the hospital on December 13, 2014 from puerperal sepsis and pneumonia.</p> <p>The right to health is guaranteed in the African Charter which has been domesticated in Nigeria and necessitates that the Nigerian government and judiciary take positive action to safeguard its citizens’ health.</p> <p>WARDC has engaged the public in Nigeria on the need to ensure the reduction of maternal mortality through the ‘Not Again Campaign’. WARDC’s work has contributed immensely to development in the field of maternal health in Nigeria, such as securing justice for Mrs. Omowunmi Shonuga who died as a result of neglect and negligence by the Aregbesola Flagship Health Center in ALimosho Local Government Lagos. WARDC’s accountability work has also led to the closure of Gbagada hospital Blood Bank in 2016 over non- compliance with international standards of managements of blood banks.</p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a number of cases in Africa related to the mistreatment of women during delivery in public hospitals. In March of this year, in the <em>Josephine Oundo Ongwen vs the Attorney General &amp;, 4 Others</em>case, a Kenyan High Court found that National Government, County Government and the Bungoma District Hospital had violated <a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=7VDqtAz2AW-2FeY7XnbvsaseeUajYBV7Rlmxerx9L9q0RJ8jjY37c4SzQpJDRFwZJJlxhlSRAPeW2n3h-2Fn6igK9sL6IyquiUSa3ocv6MDcVWxiTH-2F4y4c63tQEAV-2FtsaN1HXkp9-2B7u-2FOY9IXKnVG8gsGBhmLDRvyEKefNCRPTBsqo-3D_NNtbKgYe-2BrjxB6v8kn12hHom5nFRB4h7A2ym1x2wlvMAXLTHLXgh0rMSnd1EYyeWQZapV111tnIhmoqea-2FdQCHgDSSoGv-2FLKGKm2wwoGCv9Juo4DGFrx1YYkm5BDCN1KDtt-2BFJTDTSLRLatdM-2BsUNXpAEpfes70SLzvJkBcytJ37RKbiHydiblayxW7TOcciVLvpPLU8YMfSyl-2BMjyLfpHYHdRqWmC-2BbHeGF-2B7uJkVLshPnS11ShO3iptPwQNmWf6hhH-2BP5xNJiXD-2BJxtwUEGvbf1Ec842hLJi67EOjMCw1etrIgrfwrmsLrRk7jeoVi">Josephine Majani’s</a> rights and ordered for her financial compensation resulting from the damages.  Josephine was physically and verbally abused during delivery.</p> <p>In 2015 in a separate case filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the High Court of Kenya ordered the Ministry of Health to end the discrimination and abuse experienced by women in public maternity hospitals, and provide financial compensation for Margaret and Maimuna, <a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=TwIh0OIjG8BOSB67uKqqj3N2VeuUkSeGbUWF8ubLD1-2BOt-2BvxTmu9LhGbdHOmTMMshm4-2FIYHNoO-2BHsPzJlDPXxguCDZlYBvosyrVIw9m6cI4eyv75ZEIgXZvxRLPKxDpfLHSdtMvJgcnOcTyFrH3JE91W3Pi-2Bb9YhLUoxdipQhDaQ6jLd0GdAoR-2Fpj-2FzjzS45_NNtbKgYe-2BrjxB6v8kn12hHom5nFRB4h7A2ym1x2wlvMAXLTHLXgh0rMSnd1EYyeWQZapV111tnIhmoqea-2FdQCHgDSSoGv-2FLKGKm2wwoGCv9Juo4DGFrx1YYkm5BDCN1KDtt-2BFJTDTSLRLatdM-2BsUNXpAEpfes70SLzvJkBcytJ0X1oknUXugvCIeZ-2FlCdd9vmt96uvG4vlWf76dapye-2FrP85DI7awF7ydz3zzOXnDvY0mk0OWtm42G58LvLvubVvxS-2F-2BhlHQ3KvNPARuE6WTPBNesSoWmK4Z6Ll74QaqgZuWAoH2cqE4AKJbbkjTS1wq" target="_blank">two women</a> who were illegally detained at Pumwani Maternity Hospital for their inability to pay their hospital fees and were subjected to physical, mental, and verbal abuse. </p> <p>The Center for Reproductive Rights has worked in Africa for more than a decade advancing women’s access to reproductive health care through law and policy reform. In 2008, the Center and WARDC  release the report <a href="http://email.prnewswire.com/wf/click?upn=TwIh0OIjG8BOSB67uKqqj3N2VeuUkSeGbUWF8ubLD18GaYt8lKvjV6GhEdKuWxG-2FkK3f99CVgglVOEaTQEpTZKq5UOR9YlMZqS9y2rhMYGo3gY-2FjWNdXpZLL-2FkdbFN12yNIzpfFuzIT4HADkLkYszEa-2FsA4e0FXvYvwLeXgF1dE-3D_NNtbKgYe-2BrjxB6v8kn12hHom5nFRB4h7A2ym1x2wlvMAXLTHLXgh0rMSnd1EYyeWQZapV111tnIhmoqea-2FdQCHgDSSoGv-2FLKGKm2wwoGCv9Juo4DGFrx1YYkm5BDCN1KDtt-2BFJTDTSLRLatdM-2BsUNXpAEpfes70SLzvJkBcytJ0TxlI28xYwy-2BFynXdr45lkgz-2Bqsc2KH4pbQttBZygIq1tdWjGdz36IX-2FlBI4PHuuwW37KI-2FttChD-2B07XfVnt-2BvPvrGLvjMBP6UtURvvKV4EI-2FJwihoKhksNJXDu6SxafzofD-2FoXhB07Q19NGCEDwtd" target="_blank">Broken Promises: Human Rights, Accountability, and Maternal Death in Nigeria</a> illustrating the systemic failures of the Nigerian government to live up to its human rights obligations, including access to quality maternal health services.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/kenya-high-court-rules-in-favor-of-woman-physically-abused-during-delivery" hreflang="en">Kenya’s High Court Rules in Favor of Woman Physically Abused During Delivery</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/kenyan-high-court-maternity-hospital-illegally-imprisoned-women-violated-human-rights" hreflang="en">Kenyan High Court: Maternity Hospital Illegally Imprisoned Women, Violated Human Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/broken-promises-human-rights-accountability-and-maternal-death-in-nigeria" hreflang="en">Broken Promises: Human Rights, Accountability, and Maternal Death in Nigeria</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-protections" hreflang="en">Legal Protections</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-mortality" hreflang="en">Maternal Mortality</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/funding-for-reproductive-healthcare" hreflang="en">Funding for Reproductive Healthcare</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/other-financial-barriers" hreflang="en">Other Financial Barriers</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/kenya" hreflang="en">Kenya</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/nigeria" hreflang="en">Nigeria</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 18 May 2018 14:21:28 +0000 Anonymous 58157 at https://reproductiverights.org Rights of the Child in Humanitarian Settings: A Missed Opportunity https://reproductiverights.org/document/rights-of-the-child-in-humanitarian-settings-a-missed-opportunity <span>Rights of the Child in Humanitarian Settings: A Missed Opportunity</span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/other" hreflang="en">Other</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>The Center for Reproductive Rights and its international partners produced a statement on the protection of the rights of the child in humanitarian situations for the 37<sup>th</sup> session of the Human Rights Council. The resolution addresses several issues of critical importance to children in humanitarian situations, and urges states to provide age, disability, and gender-sensitive humanitarian assistance to children, including for refugee and displaced children. It urges states to meet the needs of children in these settings, including through the provision of sexual and reproductive health-care services.</p> <div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/ROC_HRC37_Statement_forcirculation_final.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=350124">ROC_HRC37_Statement_forcirculation_final.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/accountability-bodies" hreflang="en">Accountability Bodies</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:31:06 +0000 jmccabe 53786 at https://reproductiverights.org Teodora Is Free https://reproductiverights.org/story/teodora-is-free <span>Teodora Is Free</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/08/2018 - 18:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>Our client Teodora was released from prison this month. She was unjustly imprisoned for 11 years under El Salvador’s inhumane abortion law after suffering a stillbirth.<br /><br /> Watch our video about Teodora’s release, then share it with your friends and urge them to join the fight to free the remaining women still in prison.<br /><br /><iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Td9ayPe0q24" width="640"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/salvadoran-court-releases-woman-wrongfully-imprisoned-after-obstetric-emergency" hreflang="en">Salvadoran Court Releases Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned After Obstetric Emergency </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/12-countries-call-on-el-salvador-to-decriminalize-abortion" hreflang="en">12 Countries Call on El Salvador to Decriminalize Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/un-committee-el-salvador-must-repeal-total-abortion-ban" hreflang="en"> U.N. Committee: El Salvador Must Repeal Total Abortion Ban </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/young-peoples-rights" hreflang="en">Young People&#039;s Rights</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health" hreflang="en">Maternal Health</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/access-quality-care" hreflang="en">Access to Quality Care</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/maternal-health/coercive-policies" hreflang="en">Coercive Policies</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/el-salvador" hreflang="en">El Salvador</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:15:57 +0000 jmccabe 53805 at https://reproductiverights.org