Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program Director, Law and Policy Project Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
Lynn P. Freedman is the director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program and of the Law and Policy Project, both in the Mailman School?s Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. Before joining the faculty at Columbia University in 1990, she worked as a practicing attorney in New York City. Professor Freedman has been a leading figure in the field of health and human rights, working extensively with women?s groups and human rights NGOs internationally. She has published widely on issues of health and human rights, with a particular focus on gender and women?s health. She is currently serving as a senior adviser to the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health and is the lead author of the Task Force?s Final Report "Who?s Got the Power: Transforming Health Systems for Women and Children."
Education & Training:
MPH, Columbia University, 1990
JD, Harvard University Law School, 1981
BA, Yale University, 1976
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Association for Women's Rights in Development
Member, American Society of International Law
Selected Global Activities:
Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program
In February 2005, Prof. Freedman became director of AMDD, which works in over 50 countries to reduce maternal mortality by increasing access to and utilization of emergency obstetric care. Before that, Prof. Freedman was part part of the core management team of AMDD and led the program's efforts to integrate a human rights perspective into the program's strategies and implementation efforts.
UN Millennium Project Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health
The Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health was one of 10 Task Forces of the UN Millennium Project established by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide a road map for countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Since the Task Force's creation in 2002, Prof. Freedman has served as senior advisor and was lead author of the Task Force's Final Report "Who's Got the Power: Transforming Health Systems for WOmen and Children, which focus on the importance of developing health systems.
Law and Policy Project
The Law and Policy Project works with NGO networks, human rights organizations, and women's health organizations in the US and internationally, to address the legal and policy dimensions of health, with a particular emphasis on women's reproductive health.
Freedman, L, "Achieving the MDGs: Health Systems as core social institutions" Development 48(1) 19-24 2005
Freedman L, Waldman R, de Pinho H, Worth M, Chowdhury AMR, Rosenfield A, ""Who's Got the Power: Transforming Health Systems for Women and Children"" UN Millennium Project Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health New York, NY
Freedman L "Strategic advocacy and maternal mortality: moving targets and the Millennium Development Goals" Gender and Development 11(1) 97-108 2003
Freedman L "Shifting visions: "delegation" policies and the building of a "rights-bsed" aproach to maternal mortality" Journal of the American Medical Women's Association 57(3) 154-158 2002
Freedman L "Using human rights in maternal mortality programs: from analysis to strategy" International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 75 51-60 2001
Freedman L "Human Rights and Women?s Health" Women and Health Ed. Marlene Goldman and Maureen Hatch Academic Press New York 428-438 2000
Freedman L "Human rights and the politics of risk and blame: lessons from the international reproductive health movement" Journal of the American Medical Women's Association 52 165-168 1997
Freedman L "The challenge of fundamentalism" Reproductive Health Matters 8 55-69 1996
Freedman L "Reflections on emerging frameworks of health and human rights" Health and Human Rights 1(4) 315-348 1995
Freedman L "Censorship and Manipulation of Family Planning Information: An Issue of Human Rights and Women's Health" Article 19, The Right to Know: Human Rights and Access to Reproductive Health InformationUniversity of Pensylvannia Press Philadelphia 1995