Audio: Mainstreaming the Rule of Law into the Global Women’s Health Agenda


Mainstreaming the Rule of Law into the Global Women’s Health Agenda


Mainstreaming the Rule of Law into the Global Women’s Health Agenda

Across the globe, women are subjected to violations of their human rights, significantly impacting their physical and mental health. Over half a million women and girls die each year from largely preventable and treatable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. About one in seven women of reproductive age lack effective contraceptives. Women and girls are also disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, which constitutes one of the leading causes of death and disease among women between 15 and 49 years of age. This panel will explore how core rule of law concepts and strategies can be used to ensure positive health outcomes for women and girls by challenging structural gender-based discrimination in health care systems. Particular attention was paid to the concept of transformative accountability with respect to fulfilling a woman’s right to the highest attainable standard of health. The critical role of legal advocacy, strategic litigation and community participation in a rights-based approach to women’s health was a main topic of discussion.


Maha Shomali (moderator), Country Director for Jordan, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
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Allison Nichol, Special Counsel, Office of the Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; Member, White House Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

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Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Member, UNDP Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law

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Johanna B. Fine, Legal Advisor and Manager for Projects and Operations, Global Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights

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Question and Answer session
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