Call for submissions: Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care with a focus on childbirth

The UN special rapporteur on violence against women is seeking submissions on the issue of mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care and childbirth for the next thematic report, which is due to be presented at the 74th session of the General Assembly in September 2019.

Related to this, input is being sought from States, non-governmental organizations, National Human Rights Institutions as well as members of academia on the following questions:

  1. Please indicate whether in your country there are cases of mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care, particularly facility-based childbirth. If so, please specify what kind of cases and describe your country’s response and any good practices, including protection of human rights;
  2. Please specify if full and informed consent is administered for any type of reproductive health care and if these include childbirth care;
  3. Please specify whether there are accountability mechanisms in place within the health facilities to ensure redress for victims of mistreatment and violence, including filing complaints, financial compensation, acknowledgement of wrongdoing and guarantees of non-repetition. Please indicate whether the ombudsperson is mandated to address such human rights violations;
  4. Does your health systems have policies that guide health responses to VAW and are these in line with WHO guidelines and standards on this issue, see: 1 | 2

All submissions should be sent to by 17 May 2019. Please provide your submissions in English, French or Spanish, which are the working languages of the Secretariat.

For more information, find the original call here.