About the Institution
Vidhi Mitra, The Legal Aid Cell, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur was established in the year 2018. Its aim is to make the legal system and justice more accessible to the general public and
create awareness amongst the people about the contemporary legal issues and established rights of the people.
About the Blog
The Vidhi Mitra Blog is aimed to provide an active forum to the legal fraternity to express and share their experiences and opinions on contemporary legal issues and themes prescribed by the cell.
The Editorial Board of the Blog is inviting articles, case notes, blog posts, book reviews, and discussion within the aim and scope of the subject matter, i.e., “NATIONAL SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY”, observed on 11th April.
The Blog is open to any topic which revolves around “NATIONAL SAFE MOTHERHOOD DAY”, observed on 11th April or any other contemporary legal issue(s) related.
National Safe Motherhood Day
The Government of India declared the National Safe Motherhood day on April 1, 2003. It was done at the request of the White Ribbon Alliance India. The government chose this day to commemorate the
birth anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Gandhiji. It is celebrated every year with an aim to raise awareness about adequate access to care during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period along with a
focus on reducing maternal health anomalies. Every woman has a right to live and survive pregnancy and childbirth. This year’s theme is “Remain at home amid coronavirus, protect mother and infant”.
India remains one of the most high-risk places in the world to give birth, accounting for almost 12% of total maternal deaths worldwide. Annually, over 35,000 women die in India of maternal causes, despite
over 80% delivering in health facilities. Almost all these deaths are preventable, suggesting that quality of care needs attention at multiple levels. The vision of the campaign is an India where all women and
girls realize their right to quality health and wellbeing and to activate a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn healthcare and rights. With the evolution of time, more challenges
to safe motherhood have arisen, following which motherhood despite being one of the most significant chapters of women’s lives also becomes one of the darkest. The question of societal privileges becomes
very important and thus it becomes imperative to aid the needy in the scenario.
The concept of safe motherhood is being advocated by several feminists, human rights activists and various legal aid societies, identifying that the cause may also be deeply rooted in the policy frameworks
that can be encountered by filling in the loopholes, by inculcating dialogues about it openly and often. The blog shall endeavour to reflect upon the significance and various aspects of safe motherhood and
There are countless topics to explore for research in the presented theme but in an adversarial capacity, we have divided our theme into the following sub-themes:
- Remain at home amid corona virus, protect mother and infant.
- Addressing Maternal Mortality: In the post-pandemic landscape.
- Navigating the maternal rights of inmates.
- Pre and Post Natal Care: The Indian Saga.
- Survival through Maternity: the Endgame?
- The socio-legal boulders on the road to safe motherhood.
- Account of state initiatives envisaging safe motherhood.
- Exploring the evolving horizons of Safe Motherhood
- Confronting the dilemmas of the surrogate mothers.
- Abortion: Right to say no to motherhood and yes to dignity, privacy and bodily integrity.
- Ensuring safe motherhood through legal aid to children of inmates
- Advocacy for midwifery.
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The last date for all the submissions will be 15th May 2022.
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