Human-Rights Based Approaches for Health Workers

With the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other partners, Harvard FXB Center has published a new quick reference guide to support health workers to effectively implement a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and under-5 child health. The guide also invites practitioners to reflect on questions designed to help promote the protection of women and children’s rights at every level…

India’s Aadhaar Program: A Legitimate Trade-off between Social Protection and Privacy?

  Will the most vulnerable … have any ability to insist on their notional right to alternative means of identification…? Aadhaar means “foundation” in Hindi. It is the name given to India’s unique identification program, a program that within the last 5 ½ years has registered over 990 million Indian residents. This month, on March 11, 2016, the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, passed the Aadhaar Bill, which…

Senate Passes Bill with Important Implications for Child Trafficking and Labor

“For 85 years, this egregious lacuna in protection has created a procedural backdoor into the American marketplace for goods made by forced or bonded laborers, including children…” With little public fanfare, on Thursday February 11, 2016, the U.S. Senate voted on a critical piece of human rights legislation. The bill closed a loophole allowing the import of products made by forced or child labor when U.S. demand exceeded its domestic…

Alicia Yamin Named to EWEC Independent Accountability Panel

Policy Director Alicia Yamin selected to be a member of the Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman Every Child and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). From the announcement: “Last September, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to help further the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. This strategy builds on 15 years of progress under the Millennium Development…

Alicia Yamin on CRR Verification Commission

Policy director Alicia Ely Yamin is part of a verification commission funded by the Center for Reproductive Rights that will report on Brazil’s implementation of a CEDAW decision recognizing states’ immediate, enforceable obligation to address and reduce maternal mortality. This marks the first time any party has followed up with international recommendations regarding maternal health. Below is a timeline of the landmark legal case, Alyne v. Brazil, which precipitated the…

New Fellows at Harvard FXB Center

The Center is pleased to welcome three new fellows to our policy initiatives team and two new recipients of the UNICEF/Harvard School of Public Health G. Barrie Landry Fellowship. Below find a brief introduction to each. Maneli Aghakhan Maneli Aghakhan is a child protection specialist and head of the Child Protection Unit at UNICEF Iran. In recent years her work has focused on prevention of violence against children, justice for…

Policy director Alicia Ely Yamin is part of a verification commission funded by the Center for Reproductive Rights that will report on Brazil’s implementation of a CEDAW decision recognizing states’ immediate, enforceable obligation to address and reduce maternal mortality. This marks the first time any party has followed up with international recommendations regarding maternal health. Below is a timeline of the landmark legal case, Alyne v. Brazil,  which precipitated the…

Social Justice & Health

Program Goals The Social Justice and the Right to Health program, founded and directed by Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH, is informed by the view that the lack of global progress on women’s and children’s health is not principally due to technical obstacles, but rather to entrenched societal barriers and lack of political will at both the national and international levels. Solutions that ignore root causes and underlying inequalities and…

Economic and Social Impacts of Maternal Death

by Tezeta Tulloch “For many girls, the only viable options that remained were early marriage and early motherhood.”* May 6, 2015. What happens when a mother dies? In the West, the most ready and obvious answer is grief – the harrowing emotional and psychological toll of losing a loved one. A mother’s death is largely viewed as a private tragedy that will grow more manageable in time. But in many…

Violence Against Children in Cambodia: Findings of a National Study

by Chivith Rottanak “…children talked about the reasons that they do not tell others, especially adults, about incidents of violence…” March 23, 2015. The 2006 United Nations Secretary General’s (UNSG) 2006 recommended that countries develop and implement “systematic national data collection and research” on violence against children. In 2013, the Government of Cambodia responded to the UNSG’s call to action by becoming the first country in the East Asia and…

It’s Time to Take Maternal Mortality in Kenya Seriously

Clara Burbano-Herrera

By Clara Burbano- Herrera “The persistently high level of maternal mortality in Kenya in the new millennium should be understood as a failure by state authorities to comply with the commitments they made…” Maternal mortality rates reflect disparities between rich women and poor women, and between developed countries and developing ones.[i] Frequently, a woman’s social, economic, and cultural status is a factor in her chances of surviving pregnancy and childbirth.…

Definitions and Data Essential in Fight against Gender-Based Violence

  By Jillian Foster “GBV reminds women that they are not in charge of their lives or their bodies, and that men ought to be.” Gender-based violence (GBV) is both literal – child marriage, human trafficking, rape, honor killings, and more – and figurative, wielded as a threat. Women experience markedly higher rates of violence, whether direct and explicit or implied, simply because they are women. Don’t take my word…

Debating Rape-Related Abortion in Peru

Camila Gianella

Abortion in Cases of Rape: Toward A Sincere Debate By Camila Gianella October 28, 2014. According to the last Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) conducted in Peru, 2.8 percent of women aged 15 to 49 who were in a relationship reported having been raped by their partners in the last 12 months. When projected to encompass the general population, this indicates that around 128,307 Peruvian women in that age range…

FXB-UNICEF Child Protection Curriculum

For Immediate Release Harvard and UNICEF team up to train global child protection experts BOSTON, November 6, 2013 – On November 6, 2013, faculty from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will join children’s rights organization UNICEF in a celebration of their new joint child protection curriculum at the School. The partnership will produce one of the first interdisciplinary graduate programs in child protection, which will form a sub-concentration…

Child Abduction Scandal Highlights Roma Stereotypes

Margareta Matache, FXB Fellow and member of the FXB Roma project team, spoke with Al Jazeera America about the recent Roma controversies in Europe. Two Roma families in Ireland and Greece were discovered with blonde, fair-skinned children in their midst — and were promptly separated from the children and investigated for kidnapping. The cases attracted widespread international press, only to have DNA tests reveal that the children were in fact…

International Day of the Girl Child

Innovating for Education October 11, 2013 Across the globe, millions of girls continue to be deprived of an education – a moral imperative and a basic right – due to cultural, financial, and safety barriers. In addition, for young women in many parts of the world, gender-based violence is not only a threat but a part of daily life. Yet there is overwhelming evidence that girls’ empowerment, and specifically education,…

Power of Numbers at the UN

Alicia Ely Yamin Speaks at UN General Assembly Side Event on the Power of Numbers Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of the FXB Center’s Health Rights of Women and Children Program, presented the findings of the Power of Numbers project, conducted in collaboration with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr of the New School for Social Research, at a side event of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2013. The project…

Report: Adolescents, Rights, and Future Opportunities

UNICEF Working Paper Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research for the FXB Center, has authored a report entitled “Adolescents: current rights for future opportunities,” released in conjunction with UNICEF’s Regional Offices for South Asia (ROSA) and East Asia and the Pacific (EAPRO). The report is the second in a working paper series on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights that will help inform the Second High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for…

Frontiers in Global Health Seminar Series

The True Costs of Maternal Mortality Alicia Ely Yamin, HRWC Program Director, will moderate a seminar on November 6, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm as part of the Frontiers in Global Health series on “The True Costs of Maternal Mortality on Children and Families: A Discussion of Findings from Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Malawi.” The speakers for the event include the project leaders for the HRWC Impacts of…

2013 Global School on Socioeconomic Rights

Alicia Ely Yamin

“Be engaged, ask questions, and come with high expectations.” – Course Participant Media Coverage: Harvard Gazette; HSPH News The FXB Center’s Program on the Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) hosted the second annual course on health rights litigation from September 16 – 20, 2013, as part of the Global School on Socioeconomic Rights. This one-week intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to…

PLOS ONE Publishes Data from HRWC Impacts Study

PLOS ONE, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal from the Public Library of Science, has published Costs of Inaction on Maternal Mortality: Qualitative Evidence of the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children in Tanzania, the first set of data from the Impacts of Maternal Deaths on Living Children Study, conducted by the FXB Center’s Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) program. The paper authors are Alicia Ely Yamin, HRWC Program…