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Petition in Sindh Court: A Public Interest Litigation Case to Address Obstetric Fistula in Sindh

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Ayesha Khan's presentation on 'A Public Interest Litigation Case to Address Obstetric Fistula in Sindhat' at a Consultation on Maternal Health Petition hosted by the Collective for Social Science Research on 30 November 2018.

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Petition in Sindh Court: A Public Interest Litigation Case to Address Obstetric Fistula in Sindh

  1. 1. Petition in Sindh High Court A Public Interest Litigation Case to Address Obstetric Fistula in Sindh
  2. 2.  Global Gender Gap index 143 out of 144 (2017)  Maternal mortality ratio Pakistan: 178 deaths/100,000 live births (2015) Sindh: 350, since reduced  Obstetric fistula Pakistan: 4-5,000/ yr Sindh: 1,000 – 1,500/ yr
  3. 3. Human rights basis of petition  Constitution of Pakistan Article 9: right to life Article 14: right to dignity Principles of Policy (Articles 29, 34, 35 & 38)  International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), Article 12: rights to ‘highest attainable” standard of physical and mental well-being  UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights providing for full range of RH services.  CEDAW (Article 12) to eliminate discrimination in field of health care.
  4. 4. Citizens/Rights Holders/Civil Society Sindh Government/ Duty Bearers Human rights instruments and law • A potential model for PIL in other provinces. • Path-breaking initiative for maternal health recognition within fundamental rights. • Legal remedies serve to support actors within government and generate adequate political will.
  5. 5. Progress of Case Dr Shershah Syed, Tehrik-e-Niswan, Kiran Sohail vs. Sindh Health Department and MNCH Sindh Program Advocacy and support generated by interactions with stake-holders, press reports, CSSR support, and international networking. Benefits of full verdict vs. orders from judge

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