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Maternal mortality and human rights: from theory to practice

Bueno De Mesquita, Judith (2014) 'Maternal mortality and human rights: from theory to practice.' In: Freeman, Michael and Hawkes, Sarah and Bennett, Belinda, (eds.) Law and Global Health Current Legal Issues. Current Legal Issues, 16 . Oxford University Press, 223 - 243. ISBN 9780199688999, 0199688990

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This chapter first discusses the evolution of maternal mortality from a development concern into a major human rights issue. Key developments precipitating the rise of maternal mortality towards the centre of an international human rights agenda include a greater focus on economic, social, and cultural rights by the international human rights community; the development of a reproductive health and human rights agenda; and the role of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health and civil society in calling attention to the issue. The chapter then turns to the different strands of work on maternal mortality and human rights by researchers and practitioners. It identifies three ways that human rights have been used to support maternal mortality reduction: firstly, as an authoritative and powerful framework for research and advocacy; secondly, to enhance accountability for maternal mortality through engaging international and domestic human rights machinery; and, thirdly, through their integration into development and public health policies, programmes and strategies

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Law
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 May 2020 08:37
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 09:15

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