The State Council of Women’s Rights of Rio de Janeiro – CEDIM / RJ held on November 22nd the Seminar Obstetric Violence: advances, setbacks and challenges, coordinated by the President of CEDIM-RJ Prof. Edna Calheiros and as speakers the Director of CEDIM-RJ Nurse Fátima Santos, State Deputy Nurse Rejane and Leila Linhares Barsted, from CEPIA, representing the Committee of Experts of MESECVI / OAS and the Commission for Women’s Safety of CEDIM-RJ.

Leila explained the data on maternal mortality in Brazil, the non-compliance by Brazil with the CEDAW recommendations when condemning the Brazilian state for the death of Alyne Pimentel, the pioneer typification of obstetric violence in Venezuelan legislation, and the work of the MESECVI Committee of Experts to include obstetric violence in the legislation of other OAS member countries.

Nurse Fátima Santos and State Deputy Nurse Rejane highlighted the importance of the role of nursing in the health system and the need to include female nursing representatives in the transition team.

From the conclusions of this Seminar, CEDIM elaborated a Letter to the Transition Team expressing its concern with maternal mortality in Brazil, especially of black women, due to preventable deaths that constitute obstetric violence. In this letter, CEDIM hopes that the new government complies with the determinations of CEDAW when condemning Brazil for the death of Alyne Pimentel.

Access the Letter in this link