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International partnership made up of 19 institutions from 6 European countries and 3 Latin American countries.

The relevance of the IPOV-RESPECTFUL CARE project, which invites reflection on the systemic and structural dimensions of obstetric violence, is also reflected in the growing interest in the topic shown by European and international institutions (UN 2019, Council of Europe 2019, European Parliament 2021).

The aim is to contribute to the social, political and medical debates on this issue, considered by the WHO as a major public health problem, and to build an alliance between the scientific community, health professionals, policy makers, women and civil society in order to rethink the modalities of a fundamental act par excellence: how we come into the world.

 A team of 39 experts, including researchers, professors, health professionals and members of civil society organisations, will work to achieve four scientific objectives

In addition to the University of Udine, the following partners are involved in the project: for Spain, the Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona), the Universidad de Granada, the Universidad Complutense (Madrid), the Fundación Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron – Instituto de Investigación (Barcelona), En Positivo Comunicación y Diseño Social for NGOs (Malaga), the Observatorio de Violencia Obstétrica (Madrid); for France, the Institut National d’Études Démographiques (Aubervilliers Cedex); for Norway, the Universitetet i Søraust-Noreg (Porsgrunn); for the United Kingdom, the University of Durham; for Portugal, the Instituto Universitário (Lisbon) and Gimnográvida – Preparação Para Parto e Maternidade (Porto); for Italy, the Istituto di Cura a Carattere Scientifico e Ospedale materno infantile Burlo Garofolo-Who collaborating Centre for maternal and Childbirth health (Trieste) and the Scuola elementare di arte ostetrica in Firenze; for Argentina, the Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (Concepción del Uruguay), the Municipalidad de San Isidro-Hospital materno-infantil de San Isidro (Buenos Aires), the Asociación Civil Argentina de Puericultura (Buenos Aires); for Costa Rica, the Universidad de Costa Rica (San José); and for Uruguay, the Universidad de La República (Montevideo).

Breakthrough Experts




European countries


Latin American countries


funded by the European Union Programme HORIZON-MSCA-2022-Staff Exchange under Grant Agreement No. 101130141


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