Abstract: Safe Motherhood is a Human Right: Countries with a persistent high maternal mortality violate human rights. If we shall have any hope of reaching the millennium development goal of reducing maternal mortality by three quarter within 2015, health care for women must be given much higher priority in low income countries. Individual countries and the international community must contribute more, financially as well as through a human right approach. It is proposed that the Nordic countries should contribute by targeting a larger share of the development aid to health care for women and through an initiative for establishing a working group and a Special Rapporteur on maternal mortality under the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Keywords: Maternal mortality, human rights, health care, reproductive rights, safe motherhood