Midwifery was declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stated the obstetrics in Colombia and other countries such as Intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

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The UNESCO made this decision during the eighteenth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be held from last Monday to next Saturday in the town of Kasane, northern Botswana.

Colombia, Germany, Cyprus, Slovenia, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Nigeria and Togo had made the proposal “Obstetrics: knowledge, skills and practices”

The candidacy is one of 55 applications for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity being examined by the Commission in the African country.

Midwives are companions and support for pregnant woman and their families before, during and after childbirth remembered the UNESCO.

Based on evidence-based practices, traditional knowledge, skills and techniques, midwifery varies depending on the social, cultural and natural contexts of different communities and countries.

It involves specific cultural practices, vocabulary, celebrations and rituals.

“Related knowledge and skills are transferred through oral instruction, observation, participation and mutual exchange, especially within women’s networks. In many countries, the practice requires certification and is transmitted through formal education,” the institution said.

The representative list of Intangible cultural heritage of humanity recognizes and promotes the diversity of cultural practices and knowledge carried out by communities.

Subscription to the List encourages all interested parties to implement conservation measures in close cooperation with tradition bearers.

The meeting in Botswana will also be marked by the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Convention to Safeguard Intangible cultural heritage.

With 181 States Parties, this UNESCO international regulatory framework has recorded an exceptional ratification rate in ten years.

Source: El heraldo