United Nations


Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women

Distr.: General
28 February 2020
Original: Spanish

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women
Seventy-fifth session

Decision adopted by the Committee under article 4 (2) (c) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 138/2018 *,**
Communication submitted by:

S.F.M. (represented by counsel,
Francisca Fernández Guillén)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

30 October 2018


Decision taken pursuant to rule 69 of
the Committee’s rules of procedure,
transmitted to the State party on
6 December 2018 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of decision:

28 February 2020

Subject matter:

Obstetric violence

Procedural issues:

Exhaustion of domestic remedies; abuse
of rights

Articles of the Convention:

2, 3, 5 and 12

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

4 (1) and 2 (c) and (d)

* Adopted by the Committee at its seventy-fifth session (10 to 28 February 2020).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the consideration of the present
communication: Gladys Acosta Vargas, Hiroko Akizuki, Tamader Al-Rammah, Nicole Ameline,
Gunnar Bergby, Marion Bethel, Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, Naéla Gabr, Hilary Gbedemah,
Nahla Haidar, Dalia Leinarte, Rosario G. Manalo, Lia Nadaraia, Aruna Devi Narain, Bandana
Rana, Rhoda Reddock, Elgun Safarov, Wenyan Song, Genoveva Tisheva, Franceline Toé Bouda
and Aicha Vall Verges. In accordance with article 60 (c) of the Committe e’s regulations, Ana
Peláez Narváez did not participate in the consideration of the present communication.

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