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The India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

Breaking the silence on obstetric violence in Bihar, India Event

Kaveri Mayra
11 February 2021
Presented via Zoom

Event details

Kaveri Mayra, doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Statistics and Demography, and a top 100 global woman midwife and nurse leader speaks on 'Breaking the silence on obstetric violence in Bihar, India'

Thursday 11 February 2021, 1 pm (GMT) by Zoom 

The webinar hosted by the University of Southampton India Centre coincides with the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, dedicated to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls. 

About this talk

In this talk, Kaveri shares findings from an exploratory field research that applied body mapping, a novel visual arts based participatory method of data collection, to explain women’s experiences and perceptions of respect and disrespect during childbirth in the state of Bihar, one of the largest states in northern India with over 120 million people. Using visually appealing case studies, Kaveri highlights the circumstances that make women vulnerable to potential mistreatment during childbirth. 

About Kaveri Mayra

Kaveri Mayra is a midwifery, nursing and public health researcher from India, currently enrolled at the University of Southampton for her PhD research. She brings over a decade of research experience on nursing and midwifery workforce policies and practice. Having seen mistreatment during childbirth early on as a student midwife and experienced the lack of leadership and decision making power to midwives and nurses, Kaveri started researching and advocating on these life experiences and issues. Kaveri is a global speaker on disrespect and abuse during childbirth; nursing and midwifery governance, workforce policies and welfare; and gender-based challenges underlying all these issues. She has been recently recognized as one of the top 100 outstanding global woman midwife and nurse leaders by Women in Global Health (WGH) to mark the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020, announced by Women in Global Health jointly with International Council of Nurses, International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organisation, UNFPA and Nursing Now. She is currently working as a subject expert with a midwifery research team based in World Health Organisation, Geneva.

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