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300,000+ women die around the world each year from preventable causes due to lack of information, resources and access to health services and facilities.
An American woman is twice as likely to die in childbirth as a woman in much of Europe.
In India, one woman dies every minute from preventable causes in pregnancy or childbirth.
Human Rights Watch works to help more mothers survive pregnancy by holding authorities accountable. We're fighting to transform pregnancy and childbirth from a time of fear into a time of joy.
Watch one mother's story, "In Silence", and join us in our efforts to save mothers worldwide.
Photographer Susan Meiselas and reporter Dumeetha Luthra traveled with Human Rights Watch to India to retrace the steps of one woman who died after giving birth to a son. This Webby Award-winning story was produced by Magnum in Motion with Human Rights Watch.
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Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.