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Campaign Success: Party Leaders Join Our Campaign For Mums

A massive thank you to everyone who supported our Maternal Health Campaign last month. It was a busy week between International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day as we seized the opportunity to make an impact for women worldwide. And it paid off. Thanks to your efforts, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Secretary of State Douglas Alexander all backed our campaign – and we’ve got it on video!
We made sure all our politicians got the message too – we made a short film of some famous faces explaining why the campaign is so important and showed it in the House of Commons.

The positive response was also a great example of what we can achieve in coalition with other organisations, as we worked closely with Save the Children, Oxfam, White Ribbon Alliance and Mumsnet to really maximise the pressure. But it doesn’t stop there. We can’t let this issue go away – every day should be Mother’s Day. The UK has been a world leader on maternal health for some time, and we want to ensure this continues. That’s why we’ll be delivering our giant mother’s day card made up of all your fantastic photos to the next government when they take office. We’ll make sure they’re held to account for the commitments they have made. So please keep sending in those photos of you and your mum, your children, a mum you admire or a mum-to-be.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this campaign – whether by sending an email or uploading a photo – every action makes a difference.

Action Of The Week: Every Day Should Be Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day tomorrow I have emailed the party leaders about the Manifesto for Motherhood I promoted on the blog earlier on this week. However because I think this is an important campaign and there is a new video with famous faces explaining why every day should be mother’s day. See www.amnesty.org.uk/mums to send an email to party leaders and watch the film. Right I better go and get my mum something nice. And happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there.

Manifesto For Motherhood

Yesterday was International Women’s Day – traditionally, a time to celebrate and honour women worldwide. Amnesty want to see our UK party leaders mark this day by pledging action to reduce avoidable maternal deaths. Pregnancy is not a disease, yet it kills a woman every minute. What makes this such a shocking injustice is that at least 80% of these deaths are preventable.

These statistics are shocking and Amnesty believes this is a human rights crisis. Governments are failing to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women. That’s why they’ve joined forces with a coalition of organisations to produce a Manifesto for Motherhood.

The manifesto calls for:

Increased international aid for maternal, newborn and child health.
Maternal, newborn and child health to be at the heart of all health systems.
Sexual and reproductive rights to be made a reality for women and girls.

Government action CAN make a difference – in Nepal, maternal mortality rates have been reduced by 58% since 1996. This was because the government improved access for women to information and services.

There is hope – but not without action. So what Amnesty ask is that we encourage our leaders to lead. Please take action to stop women dying today – email Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Gordon Brown. Go to http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=683 for more information.