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About Chi Mgbako

Chi Mgbako is clinical associate professor of law and director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City, which partners with NGOs and foreign law schools on human rights projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. Previously, she was Fordham’s Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights. Before joining Fordham’s faculty she was based in Dakar, Senegal as Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellow with the International Crisis Group. She has conducted human rights fieldwork and reporting in Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Uganda and has taught African women’s history and human rights in Accra, Ghana. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University and has published in the areas of sex workers rights, reproductive rights, the feminization of HIV/AIDS, justice sector reform, and transitional justice.

Articles by Chi Mgbako

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

International donors must fund female-controlled HIV prevention gel

A potential breakthrough in HIV prevention is being stifled by a lack of funding. Chi Mgbako outlines the necessity of putting safeguards against HIV transmission into female hands.

US foreign policy and unsafe abortion in Africa

United States foreign policy abortion restrictions have seriously limited African NGOs’ efforts to reduce deaths associated with unsafe abortion procedures. A permanent ban of the Global Gag Rule would allow US foreign aid recipients in Africa to invest resources in safe abortion care without fearing a potential change in US foreign policy with each new administration

Manipulating the Memory of the Rwandan Genocide

The Rwandan government has made remarkable strides in infrastructure, the economy, healthcare, and gender equity in political representation,but their continued attack on independent thought and criticism is disheartening – and dangerous. As the August presidential election looms, it is important not only to hail Rwanda’s success but also to ask hard questions about government abuse of authority

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