International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights

Launched at the Women Deliver conference in 2007, the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights (IIMMHR) is the first civil society human rights effort aimed at reducing maternal mortality. The initiative is co-founded and hosted by the Center for Reproductive Rights, another CivicActions client that launched a completely new website in January 2009. The newly created IIMMHR initiative combines advocacy, policy work, and other strategies to ensure that governments implement effective and equitable policies and programs to reduce maternal mortality. The Initiative also promotes understanding among human right organizations and bodies that maternal deaths can be as much a human rights violation as extrajudicial executions, torture, and arbitrary detentions. The Initiative's steering committee includes:
  • Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • CARE
  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Equinet, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa
  • Family Care International
  • Health Equity Group (consisting of Women's Dignity, Youth Action Volunteers, and the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme)
  • Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
  • International Budget Project
  • Kvinna till Kvinna
  • Linangan ng Kababaihan (Likhaan)
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Sahayog