Rosie Cooper MP today joined former UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson to mark Mothers Day by signing up to a worldwide campaign for safe motherhood.
The campaign by the Commonwealth Secretariat and World Health Organisation was launched at a reception at the House of Commons. The aim is to cut the death rate among mothers. At present 600,000 women die needlessly in childbirth each year – almost all of them in the developing world.
At the launch of the Safe Motherhood campaign today, Tuesday March 21st Mary Robinson and Rosie Cooper MP signed a giant card for Sunday’s Mother’s Day.
The Commonwealth Secretariat and World Health Organisation are campaigning to improve maternity services world wide. At present, every minute of every day:
• One woman dies while giving birth
• Countless others are left with disabilities due to unsafe pregnancies and childbirth
• 190 women conceive an unplanned pregnancy
Mary Robinson, president of 'Realising Rights: the Ethical Globalisation Initiative', said: “Political leaders must recognise the critical importance of women’s health. We need securely funded health systems, stronger laws to protect women’s health and respect women’s decisions on their health care and well-being.”
Rosie Cooper MP said: “This campaign aims to stop the catalogue of death among women. Childbirth should be a time for celebration – for 600,000 women a year it results in death and for thousands more in disability. This call to action by the Commonwealth Secretariat and World Health Organisation will help mothers worldwide.“