Report: Growing Patterns of Violence Against Roma in Hungary Sound Alarms

February 4, 2014 — The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights today released a report documenting “Accelerating Patterns of Anti-Roma Violence in Hungary.” The report is intended to alert the United Nations and the international community to the persistent patterns of violent attacks and actions against the Roma (pejoratively called Gypsies). The report calls upon the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, the Hungarian Government, and the…

Report: In Most Extensive Study to Date, FXB Fellow Documents Widespread Exploitative Labor Practices in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector

India’s Hand-Made Carpets Sold in Many Major U.S. Retail Chains January 28, 2014 — Siddharth Kara, Fellow with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has conducted the largest-ever investigation into slavery and child labor in India’s hand-made carpet sector. The FXB Center today released his report, “Tainted Carpets: Slavery and Child Labor in India’s Hand-Made Carpet Sector”,…

Report: Survival of Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

January 13, 2014 – The FXB Center today released a report on the conditions of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, titled “Running Out Of Time: Survival of Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon.” The report examines the challenges facing refugees and urges increased funding in advance of this week’s international meeting of donor countries in Kuwait, scheduled to take place on January 15. The authors of the report, Susan Bartels, MD, MPH…

Implementing the Technical Guidance

Workshop in Malawi Draws Key Players November 2013 — The Technical Guidance on a Rights-Based Approach to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, drafted by FXB faculty member Alicia Ely Yamin, was featured at a recent workshop in Malawi organized by various UN agencies as a step in a multi-part project dedicated to developing the tools to operationalize and evaluate implementation of human rights-based approaches (HRBA) to health. The objective of the…

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…

Harvard Chan Forum on Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

Featuring Jennifer Leaning, Director of the FXB Center The Harvard School of Public Health hosted a live Forum event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria on Wednesday, October 16, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Jennifer Leaning, FXB Center Director (and Co-Founder of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), served as an expert participant, joining Paul Spiegel, Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at United Nations High Commissioner…

HSPH Forum on Ending Child Mortality

With Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB’s Director of Research, and Elizabeth Gibbons, FXB Senior Fellow Read the GlobalPost’s coverage of the event. The FXB Center’s Director of Research, Jacqueline Bhabha, and Elizabeth Gibbons, a Senior Fellow with the FXB Center, and Former Deputy Director of Policy and Practice and Associate Director of Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement for UNICEF, will participate in this expert panel session at the Harvard School of Public…

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…

Realizing Roma Rights Conference

April 8, 2013 – “Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination and Segregation in Europe,” held on International Roma Day, was the first conference at Harvard University to examine the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority. In a unique interdisciplinary collaboration, the event was hosted by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in partnership with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Center for European Studies at Harvard, and…

Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms Conference

Media coverage: Harvard to Launch Gender Justice Bid, Times of India Read Jacqueline Bhabha’s interview with the Harvard Gazette on the death penalty sentences for the four men in the Delhi gang rape case. (July 12-13, 2013) – The Harvard Gender Violence Project, in conjunction with Viswanathan & Co., Advocates, hosted the Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms Conference in Delhi, a groundbreaking convening of key stakeholders to examine…

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…

Harvard University Press Assumes Publication of Health and Human Rights Journal

 FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University Press Partner on Health and Human Rights: An International Journal Cambridge, Mass. (June 18, 2013)— Harvard University Press (HUP) will assume publication of the influential journal Health and Human Rights beginning with Issue 15.1, now online. Announcing the change today, HUP director William P. Sisler and Jennifer Leaning, who as director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard…

Child and Adolescent Rights Conference in Delhi

Media coverage from the conference: Business Standard; Zeenews.com; One World South Asia; Samachar.com; The Free Press Journal; Bernama FXB Center and Public Health Foundation of India Host Major Conference on Child and Adolescent Rights in India (July 25, 2013) — In the last 20 years, India has made impressive strides toward improving legal, policy, and administrative frameworks aimed at protecting and promoting child and adolescent rights. Significant challenges remain, however,…

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…

FXB Center Overview

The François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights is the first academic center to focus exclusively on the practical dynamic between the issues of health and human rights. Founded in 1993 through a gift from the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud, the FXB Center is a world leader in building a conceptual basis of the right to health and driving advocacy initiatives to incorporate human rights norms into international health…

Human Trafficking

Program Goals The FXB Center launched its Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program in 2012 with the conviction that more effective and sustainable anti-trafficking strategies are critical to address the scourge of human trafficking worldwide. Under the leadership of Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, the program aims to provide the anti-trafficking community with cutting-edge research, advocacy, and training for the next generation of leaders in the field. Research and…

Empowering Roma Youth

The FXB Center is leading the Reclaiming Adolescence: Roma Transitions to Adulthood initiative, a three-year participatory action research project with Roma and non-Roma youths aged 15 to 25 in Serbia, Romania and Italy. The aim is to address the profound marginalization of the Roma community in Europe by developing and empowering the next generation of Roma youth leaders. This will contribute to an improved understanding of the policies, programs and…

Social Justice and Health1

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…

Gender and Adolescent Agency

Over the past two years the François Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University has been researching the factors impinging on educational access for marginalized, Indian adolescent girls, as part of a more general inquiry into agency and empowerment. The goal of the projects is to probe the enduring challenge of female educational disadvantage in India in order to generate an evidence base for enhancing the access of disadvantaged girls to education and to the social, economic and psychological benefits that this education is known to bestow.

Jacqueline Bhabha, Alicia Ely Yamin Participate in Harvard Chan Forum on Girls’ Health and Education

June 13, 2013 – Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, and Alicia Ely Yamin, Program Director for the FXB Center’s Health Rights of Women and Children (HRWC) Program, were expert participants in the Harvard School of Public Health’s Forum event on “Girls’ Health and Education: Igniting Change Worldwide.” The event was held in the Forum’s studios in partnership with Vulcan Productions, a founding partner for the 10X10 campaign focused on the new Girl Rising film that follows nine girls…