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Shadow Letter to the CEDAW Committee on Sierra Leone

The Center and L.A.W.Y.E.R.S. submitted this shadow letter to the CEDAW Committee during its 57th session in connection with its review of Sierra Leone…

UN Committee Calls on United States to Immediately Address Racial Discrimination in Health Care

(PRESS RELEASE) The United States has failed to make sufficient progress in addressing racial and gender disparities in access to health care, according to new concluding observations (attached) from the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)…

Spotlighting Racial Bias

In LaKeisha’s hometown of Atlanta, African American women die in childbirth at a rate more than three times the national average. Following an emergency c-section, LaKeisha experienced a brush with this unsettling statistic when she developed a…

Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Health Care

When it ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the United States committed to ensure the right to health care free from all forms of racial discrimination to all within its borders. Yet, as the U.S. prepares to report to the U.N…

The Human Rights Committee Urges Malawi to Safeguard Sexual and Reproductive Rights

In July 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), which monitors states’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, released its concluding observations on Malawi, urging the government to take immediate steps to address reproductive…

Whose Right to Life? Women's Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights…

United Nations Calls on Perú to Expand Access to Legal Abortion

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations (U.N.) has called for the Peruvian government to liberalize its current abortion law and to address human rights violations, including the denial of legal abortion services and gender-based discrimination faced by women when they seek legal recourse…

United Nations: Ireland Must Expand Access To Safe And Legal Abortion Services

(PRESS RELEASE) A United Nations (U.N.) Committee has ordered Ireland to amend its law and constitution to legalize abortion services for pregnant women facing serious threats to their health, as well as in cases of rape, incest, and fatal fetal impairment…

Reproductive Rights, Substantive Equality and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A briefing by the Center for Reproductive Rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child strongly protects children’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and their rights to substantive equality and nondiscrimination.  This fact sheet examines the mutually reinforcing relationship between the realization of these…

PassBlue: Will Women’s Reproductive Rights Be Dropped in the Post-2015 Agenda?

The United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda is the next phase of the Millennium Development Goals, which provided a 15-year road map to tackle poverty and foster development in the world’s poorest countries…