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Every day should be Mother's Day

We all value the women and mothers in our lives and so we’re happy to be celebrating International Women’s Day, and saying thank you to our mums this March. Yet around the world many aren’t so fortunate and millions of women each year are dying needlessly in childbirth.

Pregnancy is not a disease, yet it kills one woman every minute. Almost all of these deaths are preventable and 95% of them occur in developing countries. Poverty, violence and a lack of education all contribute.

The lifetime risk of maternal death here in the UK is only one in nearly 16,700; in Sierra Leone it is one in eight. It doesn’t have to be this way.

MPs across the UK respond

Help us change this

We think a mother’s health is worth fighting for. We know you do too. So join us in telling our politicians that worldwide maternal health needs to be a priority for the next UK Government.

Together we can ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth safe and every child healthy. Together we can make every day Mother’s Day.  Here’s how:

1. Add your photo to our giant Mother’s Day card

2. Email a Mother’s Day message to the party leaders

We’ll also be filling our sites with actions relating to women’s rights all week, so keep your eyes peeled for other ways to get involved. Follow us on Twitter for all the latest.

MPs across the UK respond

About our Campaign

We are working with a coalition of UK-based NGOs, professional associations and civil society networks who believe that the world’s women – and its children – deserve better, and the manifesto for motherhood is a starting point for our campaigning around the UK general election.
Read the Manifesto for Motherhood (PDF)

You can find out more about our campaign for maternal health here.

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