Save Women’s Lives aims to increase public awareness and influence public opinion to foster and enhance support among decision makers for policies that seek to improve maternal health (MDG 5).
Every 1,5 minute a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth somewhere in the world, nearly 350,000 women a year; 99% of these women live in developing countries. The risk of a woman dying as a result of pregnancy or delivery is about one in 36 in Africa, compared with about one in 11,000 in Western Europe. Knowledge and use of contraceptives, pregnancy and a good choice for care during pregnancy and childbirth will reduce the risk of complications
MDG5 and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Every woman in the world has the right to good quality health care before, during and after her pregnancy and the right to make her own decisions about her body. This means that women should have access to information and contraceptives, reproductive health services with skilled staff and that they have the right to have a safe abortion.
Save Women’s Lives
The Save Women’s Lives campaign calls for attention to these issues. Save Women’s Lives aims to increase public awareness and to influence public opinion to foster and enhance support among decision makers for policies that seek to improve maternal health.
One of the main activities of this project is Mothersnight. It is organized both as an event on the night before Mothersday, the so called Mothersnight and as a longer lasting media campaign.
The campaign aims at creating “buzz” around MDG 5 especially around the celebration of Mother’s Day in several countries with special advocacy actions aimed at politicians and the media.
European partners within this project
The Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), Solidarity Overseas Services Malta, BOCS Foundation Hungary and the leading partner, Rutgers WPF (former World Population Foundation) in the Netherlands
The projects end on the 31st of December 2011.