UN Human Rights Council passes resolution on preventable maternal mortality and human rights in humanitarian settings

On Friday 28 September, the UN Human Rights Council voted to pass a resolution on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights in humanitarian settings, with some of the most progressive language on SRHR ever adopted by the Council.

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) worked in close collaboration with the core group (New Zealand, Colombia, Burkina Faso and Estonia) and other engaged States, CSOs and UN agencies throughout this process.

The resolution is the result of a long-term push at the Human Rights Council to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls affected by conflict are addressed. Emergency contraception is mentioned as part of the need to respect, protect, and fulfill sexual and reproductive health and rights.