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WOMEN – MOTHERS – BODIES. Women’s Human Rights in Obstetric Care in Healthcare Facilities in Slovakia

The publication is the first one to discuss obstetric care in the Slovak Republic from the perspective of women’s human rights. It summarizes the results of more than two years of intensive efforts of our organisation in cooperation with NGO Women’s Circles, which carried out a pilot study and human rights monitoring, involving also standard methods of social scientific research. Authors of the publication managed to offer many key perspectives currently missing in obstetric care in Slovakia, including both the authentic experiences of women, and a women’s human rights perspective, among others.

The publication consists of four chapters. An overview and summaries of individual chapters are available in English:

  1. Human rights at childbirth: basic international and national standards
  2. Internationally recognised medical guidelines on the provision of birth-related healthcare
  3. Birthing experience in a Slovak healthcare facility through the lens of women’s human rights
  4. Information provided by healthcare facilities in Slovakia before birth

Conclusions as well as 6 annexes are available in full extent in English, too:

  1. A research interview scenario with women
  2. Survey of Slovak maternity wards’ websites – items assessed
  3. Template of the woman’s letter to maternity wards regarding their birth wishes
  4. Template of the request for information submitted to maternity wards
  5. Request for information submitted to the Ministry of Health
  6. Response of the Ministry of Health to the request for information

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CALCULATED INJUSTICE. The Slovak Republic´s Failure to Ensure Access to Contraceptives

The analytical report describes and analyses legal, political and social factors that create barriers to access by women and adolescent girls to modern contraceptives. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 29 women of reproductive age and with 39 experts. The report builds on an analysis of national and international law and policies, as well as on published materials concerning contraceptives. The conclusions contain recommendations for key stakeholders.

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