San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Twenty-eight-year-old Alyne da Silva Pimentel, a poor Afro-Brazilian woman, was six months pregnant when she began to experience severe complications and sought medical care. Five days later, on November 16, 2002, after a series of egregious oversights and precarious medical care, Alyne died. In 2011, for the first time ever, an international human rights body ruled on a maternal mortality case. Almost three years after the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) declared Brazil responsible for her death—calling on the state to provide access to quality maternal health care without discrimination—the Brazilian government provided Alyne’s mother with reparations.
This presentation led by Lilian Sepúlveda, Director, Global Legal Program & Mónica Arango Olaya, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, will examine the development of the legal advocacy strategy culminating in this decision and the follow up advocacy done to bring about meaningful implementation.