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.


Selected Writings
Upholding Rights Under COVID-19: The Respectful Maternity Care Charter
My Equality Declaration: Statement from the White Ribbon Alliance at the 64th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
RMC is not a Luxury: The Case for Respectful Maternity Care in Humanitarian Settings
Midwifery is a vital solution — What is holding back global progress?