Advocacy Update: Global Week of Action
Global Week of Action
May 4-11, we are joining millions of advocates around the world to speak out for mothers. In the past 25 years, maternal deaths have decreased 45 percent. This is significant progress, but the truth is, there are still too many lives lost to causes we can prevent each year. In developed countries, 1 in 4000 mothers dies due to causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In countries classified as ‘least developed’ this number is 1 in 51.
As the world discusses the post 2015 plans, there is a very real chance that mothers will be left off the table. Even though there has been incredible progress in improving maternal health, we cannot claim success when we are leaving behind the most vulnerable in the most difficult to reach places.
Girls Count Act
Thank you to everyone who has emailed your Senators about the Girls Count Act! Nearly 250 emails have been sent in just over a month. The most important thing is that these emails continue so that Congress knows voters are paying attention to, and care about, this issue.
Sometimes it is difficult to comprehend the importance of birth registration and what it can mean for a child. On the Beyond 5 blog, we shared Norhaya’s story. Norhaya is eight year’s old, and without a birth certificate she lives a life where her mother is not sure what will happen if she gets too sick, where she probably won’t go to school, and where her most optimistic path may be early marriage. This is a great story to share with your chapters or circles to help them understand the importance of the Girls Count Act and to ask them to take action. You can find her story here.
Tell us what you want!
As we plan for the summer, we want to know what type of advocacy activities you are most interested in.
As always, thank you for your continued work to be a voice for the voiceless!advocacy update