Protecting the Rights of Key HIV-affected Women and Girls in Health Care Settings: A Legal Scan. UNDP, SAARCLAW and WAP+. (2013)


Protecting the rights of key HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings: A legal scan, jointly produced by UNDP, SAARCLAW and WAP+, examines existing constitutional provisions and legal means in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal to provide protection and redress for violations of rights at health care facilities. While strong evidence from these countries demonstrates that some health care institutions are sites of discrimination, violence and abuse towards HIV-affected women and girls who seek service, the findings show that although the constitutions in all four countries guarantee equality under the law and prohibit discrimination based on sex, there are almost no laws or legal mechanisms that women can use if their rights are violated at health care settings.

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