Nazdeek – Taking Maternal Mortality To Court May 12, 2013
There are many ways to go about improving maternal healthcare and one organization we’ve recently become aware of is taking a really unique approach. Nazdeek (which means ‘to be close’ in Urdu) is a team of transnational lawyers, researchers and activists who are going about it through strategic public interest litigation – taking the organizations and individuals who stand in the way of women accessing their rights to healthcare in South Asia to court.
Nazdeek was co-founded by Sukti Dhital, a Nepalese-American human rights lawyer, Jayshree Satpute an Indian lawyer and human rights activist and Francesca Feruglio an Italian researcher and human rights activist. The three women met while working together at an NGO and despite language barriers and culture clashes they formed a bond and common passion for using the legal system to improve the lives of the poor. By strategically filing cases they’re bringing positive changes to communities who live with appalling human rights violations. They’ve been able to improve housing, healthcare and food security for some of the least supported and least represented people on earth.
In addition to filing (and winning) cases, Nazdeek works to make their efforts sustainable by working for 18 months in specific communities to teach citizens about their human rights and how to defend them. Nazdeek partners with grassroots organizations to train community members on all stages of strategic litigation. They build community-level networks that increase a community’s ability to engage in their own legal processes and demand accountability from local, health and government leaders.
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