This fact sheet by the Center for Reproductive Rights commemorates the 15-year anniversary of the Beijing Conference, which produced the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action, a document widely regarded as the most comprehensive articulation of international commitments related to women’s human rights.
"Unless India actually counts all the women who die because of childbirth, it won't be able to prevent those thousands of unnecessary deaths. Accountability might seem like an abstract concept, but for Indian women it's a matter of life and death."
At the invitation of the Indian government, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health visited India in late 2007.
The mission focused on the issue of maternal mortality with a view to understanding, in the context of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, the steps taken by India to reduce this phenomenon, and to make constructive recommendations.
This note provides some preliminary observations arising from the mission.