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Maternidade: um direito fundamental

Posted in notas ao café by JN on Julho 3, 2009

Alex Falco, «Juventud Rebelde»

Rosemary Okello e Terna Gyuse escrevem, no Inter Press Service, sobre o que consideram uma catástrofe nos direitos Humanos, a morte durante a maternidade em muitos países:

The quality of life of women and children – particularly poor women, rural women, and women from ethnic and indigenous minorities – is a strong measure of real change for the world’s most vulnerable people. During the month of June, women’s sexual and reproductive health rights received some welcome attention.

«Of the 500,000 maternal deaths that occur annually worldwide, more than 250,000 occur in Africa. Pregnant women in Africa are at grave risk,» Soyata Maiga told the 11th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. «Additionally, there are many countries at war in Africa, which compounds pregnant women’s risk, with hundreds of thousands of women dying every year.»

Maiga, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of women in Africa, continued: «Socio-cultural practices such as early marriage, early pregnancy, violence, female genital mutilation, marginalisation in decision-making regarding issues that concern women, low status of women within the African family, and the fact that women are not enabled or permitted to plan their pregnancies – each of these factors leads to maternal mortality, an issue that can be addressed and prevented if we tackle it as a human rights issue.»

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