Last March, a landmark maternal health petition was filed in Uganda, aimed at holding the government accountable for the deaths of two women in childbirth. It garnered global media attention at the time, yet five months into the process momentum has stalled. When will it be time to women to take the front seat?
Women Deliver, the maternal health advocacy group, today named its “Women Deliver 50,” a list not of individuals, but of solutions, focusing not on the “who” but the “how of change, and hopefully inspriing people to think bigger and crazier, and do better work.
While pregnant women’s lack of access to basic medical facilities in India is entrenched, social attitudes around the accepted role of women as childbearers worsen maternal health in the country.
We all arrive through pregnancy. You’d think with this kind of reputation, prioritizing maternal health might be a no-brainer for governments. What about the United States? Will our presidential candidates address the plight of mothers worldwide in the first debate?
Women Deliver and the Global Safe Abortion Conference proved that at least a few thousand people from among the world’s 6.6 billion are ready to shake up priorities for women’s health and end the unnecessary suffering that in much of the world endures.
Concerned Women for America and other anti-choice groups claimed that Women Deliver focused too much on abortion — but safe and available abortion is a key part of improving maternal health.
Where do we go from here? Young people at Women Deliver may have offered the most revolutionary road map for reducing maternal mortality rates and effecting global change.
Rupert reports from Women Deliver on the needs of a Sudanese midwife, the UK's multi-million dollar investment and what the future holds for improving maternal mortality. Also, don't miss the voices of youth from Women Deliver in our special series!
On the second day of Women Deliver, Brian discovers the power of young people working together globally to challenge the status quo and contribute to real change.
One young woman’s thoughts on how youth voices did not get the attention they deserved at Women Deliver.