Alessandra Battisti is an Italian Lawyer with expertise on both judicial and extrajudicial activities, mainly in the Civil Law context. Since 2005, she has been extensively lecturing Italian and International Senior Officers, at various Defense Institutions, on a wide range of topics including negotiation techniques and leadership, governance and democracy, consensus building and team working. She collaborates with the Political Sciences Faculty at the University “Roma TRE” in the field of Public and Constitutional Law, carrying out classes andresearch activities. In the past, she advised as juridical consultant, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of Cooperation and Development, managing relations with several international financial institutions including the B.afD. (African Development Bank) and the World Bank.
When she gave birth to her child, she was subjected to unnecessary interventions and suffered a severe violation of Constitutional and Human Rights. The event made her aware about the need to advocatewomen rightsin childbirth. Alessandra is very committed to promoting and defending Human Rights in Childbirth, devoting most of her time to raising awareness amongst key Italian private and institutional stakeholders.
Elizabeth is a London-based barrister specializing in human rights law. She founded Birthrights in 2013 to promote human rights in UK maternity care and has since advised hundreds of women and health professionals about dignity and choice during childbirth. Elizabeth writes and lectures worldwide on maternal rights and will be coordinating HRiC’s advocacy in the UK.
Indra has been a teacher, a performance artist, a doula, a wall-paper hanger, a non-profit manager, and a counselor at law (among other things). This interdisciplinary approach is part of what makes Indra a Social Midwife: a term coined by Civil Rights leader and longtime Denver, Colorado activist Vincent Harding to describe people who help give birth to a new way. This term captures the way Indra works, whether it is as a volunteer helping to give birth to a new organization, or as a doula supporting a family through labor: Indra listens deeply and assumes that the organism in question knows what it needs. Indra’s interdisciplinary toolbag includes a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M.A. in Theatre, and most recently a law degree. Indra is published in various places including the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, The Journal of Democracy and Education, Educational Insights, and Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology. As a genderqueer parent with a diverse family of people from all over the world, Indra is committed to building “a world in which all worlds fit.”
Priscila graduated in Law School at Universidade de São Paulo, in 1992. She primarily worked with administrative law litigation regarding taxes. In addition, she has drafted, edited and negotiated terms of agreements for all transaction and business types. Having given birth to two kids in a hospital natural birth, she had contact with non-justifiable C-sections and obstetric violence issues in Brazil. Starting in 2007, Priscila worked as a doula for six years. In 2012, she started Priscila Cavalcanti e Advogados Associados law firm, in order to attend women who were obstetric violence victims. She is a Masters degree program student, at Faculdade de Saúde Pública – USP, studying Brazilian Law regarding birth matters, and why health care professionals ignore human rights in childbirth.