Episode 00

Introducing Brave Voices, Bold Actions: Women’s Health Rights & You

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Respectful care is a universal human right. It is due to every woman in every health system around the world. And, it was the top request from the What Women Want campaign, which heard from 1.2 million women worldwide about what they want most for their healthcare.

On White Ribbon Alliance’s Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast, we will examine, episode by episode, the ten basic universal human rights that all women and newborns are due in pregnancy and childbirth.

From global human rights advocates to community leaders creating real change, the Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast will introduce you to the experts working on the women’s rights issues you care about.

This podcast will give you what you need to understand what women’s and newborn’s rights in childbirth are, and how to advocate successfully for those rights, wherever you are.

Episode Team

This episode produced by Diana Copeland, Elena Ateva, Stephanie Bowen, Nina Garcia Wright, Kendra Hanna, with support from the entire WRA team.


Diana Copeland

Senior Communications Officer

Diana Copeland joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Communication Coordinator, working to strengthen and disseminate the organization’s message on its website and social media platforms, and was promoted in 2018 to Senior Communications Officer in order to oversee and grow White Ribbon Alliance’s digital and offline presence.


Elena Ateva

Advocacy Manager

Elena Ateva is the Advocacy Manager at White Ribbon Alliance and the Maternal Health lead for the USAID/Health Policy Plus Project. She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, leading global advocacy efforts to strengthen the midwifery workforce and providing assistance to WRA National Alliances that campaign to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights. Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country, Bulgaria, and throughout Eastern Europe. Prior to joining WRA, Ateva was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and later served on the board of the organization. Her work has also focused on prevention of other forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and trafficking in Bulgaria and the United States.