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Celebrating International Women's Day: Three Women You Need to Know

Kate Grant | Posted 03.09.2017 | Impact
Kate Grant

Today as the world celebrates International Women's Day, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to three incredible women that Fistula Foundation is fortunate to work with, who have dedicated their lives to helping women who suffer from the devastating childbirth injury obstetric fistula.

Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

Kate Grant | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Kate Grant

While every day I am grateful for my healthy and thriving son, who is growing up too quickly before my eyes, I know that far too many women are not able to share my experience of a safe delivery with respectful care.

Fighting Maternal And Infant Mortality In Somaliland

Girls' Globe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

Almost all maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. Millions of lives can be saved if women have access to skilled and trained midwives during pregnancy and childbirth.

Every Woman Deserves Obstetric Care Fit for a Queen

Edna Adan Ismail | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Edna Adan Ismail

Giving birth is a difficult business for all women -- that's why it's called labor. But for tens of millions of women around the world, too often bringing new life into the world means risking their own.

My Work is Not Done

Wanda Chestnut | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Wanda Chestnut

In December 2012, I had the honor of voluntarily traveling to the Edna Adan University Hospital Somaliland for two weeks to learn, understand, educate and care for women who had been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Why I Support the Edna Adan University Hospital...and Why I'm Asking You to Join Me

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

Many in Edna's position might have justifiably chosen to rest on their laurels. Instead, upon retiring from WHO, she decided to continue giving back to her country. Edna is a humanitarian of a different sort -- cut from the same cloth as Mother Teresa or Paul Farmer.

Tiny Hands and Big Smiles: Faces From Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Edna Adan University Hospital is a nonprofit facility that provides care to expectant mothers and their babies regardless of their ability to pay. We want to say thanks to the hundreds of people who have donated generously to Edna's hospital in the RaiseForWomen Challenge.

Edna Adan University Hospital: 300 Fistula Repairs and Counting

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Community Midwife program at Edna Adan Hospital, which is supported by UNFPA, seeks to train 1,000 women from all over Somaliland to be qualified healthcare workers in the hopes that they will return to their homes and provide assistance for other women.

Inspired to Make a Difference in Maternal Health

Sarah David | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Sarah David

Working in a hospital that treats all patients despite their ability to pay made it very difficult to stomach the struggle that pregnant women face when accessing health services in poor countries.

Fighting Against FGM in Somaliland

Brenda Ray | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Brenda Ray

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEdna Adan not only trains mid-wives so they can return to their rural environment and provide pre-natal and birthing support, but also teaches them to carry with them the message that genital mutilation of any girl or woman does not serve them.

Fighting Maternal Mortality in Somaliland

Jenni Morello | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jenni Morello

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn our modern society we forget that maternal mortality is a threat that still plagues the world.

On Mother's Day, Let's Invest in Women

Diane Lane | Posted 07.12.2013 | Impact
Diane Lane

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgNeedless suffering and death can be avoided if women are invested in and valued culturally for more than just their reproductive capacity.

How Edna Adan Built Somaliland's First Maternity Hospital

Teri Whitcraft | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Teri Whitcraft

Edna Adan, a 75-year-old former U.N. diplomat who has rubbed shoulders with presidents and kings, says her greatest achievement is her most recent: building the first maternity hospital in her country.

The Muslim Mother Teresa

Kate Grant | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Kate Grant

Edna is as tough as General Petraeus, as compassionate as the Pope, as tireless as Michael Phelps, as beautiful at 75 as Tina Turner, and has a 'get-it-done-no-excuses" work ethic to rival Bill Gates.

Nicholas Kristof's 'Half The Sky' Movement Takes On Maternal Mortality

Emily Heinz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact

Every 90 seconds, a woman dies giving birth. That's the starting point of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's newest series of films, Half the Sk...

Ending Oppression and Empowering Women & Girls Around The World

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

I can't think of a better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to pick up Half The Sky, be inspired by the women profiled in the book and take action for all the women and girls around the world who aren't yet empowered to do so for themselves.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Kate Grant | Posted 04.15.2012 | Arts
Kate Grant

The exhibit challenges you to open your eyes, open your mind, open your heart, and most of all to act to improve the lot of the world's women. The enemy is not men. The enemy is indifference and its evil twin inaction.