A response to the blog-post “Are pregnant women expendable?”
Everything we talk about, maternal mortality, the breaking of promises such as those made at Cairo in 1994, the lack of family planning personnel and commodities, the feminization of AIDS, the ubiquitous nature of gender based violence, all this and more has to do with the basic issue of gender inequality.
Hillary Clinton in her testimony to become Secretary of State: “Of particular concern to me is the plight of women and girls who comprise the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unschooled, unfed, and unpaid.” What an indictment of the entire world! Every human being ever born has come out of the womb of a woman. When the world takes care of women, women take care of the world.
Please see www.un.org/millenniumgoals and click on number 5.
Jane Roberts started 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund in 2002. She is a retired French teacher from California. She visited Senegal and Mali to see UNFPA's work on site. She has received several awards including being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Peace Women Project by UNESCO in Bern, Switzerland.