Chi Mgbako

Chi Mgbako is a Nigerian-American human rights professor, lawyer, and writer based in New York City. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, she has conducted human rights fieldwork, advocacy, and teaching in Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.  She has published in the areas of women’s rights, justice sector reform, and contemporary politics.  She is currently clinical associate professor of law at Fordham Law School in New York City where she directs the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic.

Malawi - United Kingdom
How basic architectural design can aid in the fight against maternal mortality
The architectural design of two newly built public maternity hospitals in Malawi, which has one of the world’s highest rates of women dying in childbirth, seeks to respect the human rights of birthing women and has had a significant impact on Malawi’s maternal health care system. Ill-designed government-run maternal health centers litter many poor countries and contribute to unacceptably high maternal death rates. There’s a pressing global need to design public maternity units that uphold the dignity of socially disadvantaged women.

Aiding Children Accused of Witchcraft

Honoring the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sierra Leone youth call for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

International Donors Must Fund Female-Controlled HIV Prevention Gel

Three African Vignettes: Nigeria, Benin, Rwanda

Africa’s women turn 50

A call for sex workers’ rights in Africa

Rwanda: Free press, post-genocide

Ethiopia: U.S. foreign policy and unsafe abortion in Africa

Manipulating the memory of the Rwandan genocide


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