Obstetric Fistula

A Human Rights Perspective

What is obstetric fistula?

Obstetric fistula is a preventable childbirth injury that destroys a woman’s life.

It leaves her incontinent, humiliated and too often shunned by her community.

If not prevented then surgery is the only treatment.


Why do we approach obstetric fistula from a Human Rights perspective?

While obstetric fistula is a preventable medical condition, approaching it from a Human Rights perspective enables us to unlock many more resources to help vulnerable girls and women by:

  • Focussing on the Empowerment of women

  • Promoting Gender Equality

  • Providing Information and Education

  • Awareness Raising about the dignity of women

  • Advocacy for a Human Rights perspective

  • Statements at the Human Rights Council

  • Engaging with the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

  • Lobbying Governments to emphazise prevention

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