Groundbreaking legislation protects women’s, girls’ and newborns’ health rights in Nepal
Oct 29, 2018
By Stephanie Bowen, Director of Strategic Communication, White Ribbon Alliance
White Ribbon Alliance members across the world offer congratulations to our colleagues from the Safe Motherhood Network Federation Nepal (SMNF/WRA Nepal) on the passage of the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, 2018. This achievement is part of a larger effort to embed reproductive, maternal and newborn health and health rights into Nepal’s Constitution, accomplished in 2016, then strengthen the country’s laws to uphold these rights. After more than a decade of work, on October 15, 2018, Nepal’s House of Representatives unanimously passed the groundbreaking law, explicitly protecting the health and rights of women, girls, adolescents and newborns.
“Achieving this victory was far from simple or straightforward,” said Dr. Arzu Rena Deuba, Founder of SMNF/WRA Nepal “It took years of hard work and remaining focused on our goal of embedding quality, respectful maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls into Nepal’s constitution and its laws.”