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Souls That Roar for Justice

The Berger International Speaker Series


Souls that Roar for Justice
The role of litigation in ensuring women's reproductive rights:  an analysis of the Shanti Devi judgment in India

The complete realization of a woman and girl's reproductive rights is an integral part of a modern woman and girl's struggle to assert her dignity and worth as a human being. How reproduction is managed and controlled is inseparable from how women and girls are managed and controlled.  The struggle for reproductive self-determination has specific significance for women and girls in India, where according to the World Health Organization's latest figures (2016) 45,000 maternal deaths take place in India ever year, which is an average of 5 women dying every hour.  This presentation will discuss the role litigation played in seeking redress for violations of the reproductive rights of Shanti Devi, who died in childbirth in 2010. The Shanti Devi judgment is a ground-breaking historic judgment which held a State accountable for a preventable maternal death. The presentation will provide an overview of India's obligations with regard to maternal health, and examine how the government failed to protect, respect and fulfill her right to life and health.

Jameen Kaur
Visiting Scholar, Cornell Law School

Thursday, September 28, 2017
12:20 - 1:15 PM
Room G85, Myron Taylor Hall

Lunch will be served.