Yesterday the Gates Foundation published my latest piece on their blog Impatient Optimists: A Push for Women’s Rights at Rio+20. The piece discusses the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in June and the demands the Women’s Major Group has set in place for the conference.
Women are seeking rights-based improvements that will benefit women, especially women living in poverty, in developing countries. For food, energy, water and sanitation the Women’s Major Group listed these amended negotiations.
Watch the Women’s Major Group intervention on Tuesday May 30th at Rio+20 informals in New York, delivered by Rosa Lizarde of the Feminist Task Force.
Join the Rio+20 Women for Sustainable Future community.
Photo Credit: women-rio20.ning.com
On Wednesday, May 30 at 12:00 PM PDT/ 3:00 PM EST/ 8:00 PM GMT the World Food Programme will host a live event aimed at raising awareness about the Sahel crisis. As the “hunger” season in Niger approaches the World Food Programme is organizing an exclusive Google+ Hangout for aid professionals, Africa specialists, and journalists.
Watch the discussion on the World Food Programme’s Youtube page (May 30th) at 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT and learn more about the situation on the ground in Niger and throughout the Sahel.
Denise Brown, the World Food Programme Country Director in Niger said, “From my work in Somalia, Kenya, Afghanistan and Iraq, I have been a part of many emergency operations, and I know that one of the keys to responding effectively is raising awareness and mobilizing supporters like you to act. I want to give you exclusive insight into the many factors that have contributed to this crisis in the Sahel and have left more than 9 million people in the region vulnerable and food insecure.”
“I have seen first-hand how the people in Niger are working to survive and rebuild their lives, Brown continued. “Understanding how hard mothers in this country are working to try and feed their children is a moving story, and I want to share it with you.”
You can watch on the World Food Programme’s Youtube page (http://youtube.com/worldfoodprogram) and they invite you to submit questions and comments via Google+ and on Twitter using the event hashtag #food4sahel.
We are so excited to announce a partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation!
Founded in 1988, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a worldwide leader in the fight to end pediatric AIDS. The organization works in 15 countries to implement lifesaving HIV programs, to advance pediatric AIDS research, and to advocate on behalf of those affected by HIV/AIDS. Today, because the work of the Foundation and its partners, more mothers around the world have access to the tools they need to have healthy, HIV-free children.
Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV through a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel. She and her husband, Paul, later learned that Elizabeth had unknowingly passed the virus on to Ariel through breast milk and that their son, Jake, had contracted the virus in utero. After Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988, Elizabeth rose to action, creating a foundation to support children, mothers, and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Read more from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and connect with them online.
It is the mission of Mom Bloggers for Social Good to spread as much awareness about pressing global issues that affect the world from maternal health to food security. Women, in particular, bear the brunt of many of the issues we cover here from ensuring children are vaccinated or have enough to eat or foregoing traditional norms to allow their daughters to get an education or having to fear the worse when they are about to deliver their babies.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the bestselling book written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, officially became a global movement last week with the launch of a new site (www.halftheskymovement.org) and the release of a trailer highlighting the first of six featured issues: maternal health.
Over 300,000 women die in childbirth or from childbirth complications every year. The sad thing is that most of these deaths are preventable. No woman deserves to needlessly die in a hut or on an operating table giving birth. This October the Half the Sky documentary will premiere on PBS where maternal health will be highlighted and featured. Watch the first trailer on maternal health.
If you are compelled to do more you can donate as much as you can to Half the Sky’s Crowdrise page.
Jhpiego, a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to train health professionals in modern reproductive health care, especially family planning, is celebrating women who save mothers’ lives around the world.
Be sure to join us and Jhpiego, USAID’s global Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program MCHIP, John Snow Institute, Women Deliver, and PSI for a twitter chat on how providing mothers and their babies with a healthy start to life makes communities stronger, countries more secure, and our world a better place.
On May 11, 12-1:30pm EST, follow the discussion using the hashtag #itstartswithmoms. RSVP for the event on Facebook so we can remind you of the date and time as it nears.