Ahhhh, Mothers-can't live with them and you can't live without them...literally. It's that time of year again, where we're reminded (mostly by moms) t...
We're not particularly strong or brave-all the time. Some might say "heroic"- please don't call us that. We tire quickly and sometimes need reassuran...
Mother's Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers crosses international borders.
I wanted to raise her perfectly, I wanted to be like all the other mom's. I wanted to be better than my mom, and her mom's mom, and every other one out there because she was the most precious child on earth and deserved it. But the problem was with me.
Carrying a child in your womb doesn't define the true meaning of motherhood. Nurturing a baby, raising a toddler, being present and loving unconditionally are the true components that represent motherhood.
Meet Aminu Magashi Garba of Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), a non-governmental organization that engages in research and advocacy for evidenced based policies and programs to improve maternal, newborn, and child morbidity and mortality rates in Nigeria.
Don't get me wrong, I love being a mum. I've always wanted to be one and I'm delighted that I have two adorable children who I love dearly. However, in the last few years I've learned that motherhood isn't all smiles and rainbows.
I went to Sydney's famous Mardi Gras last weekend on a rare child-free night out. It was my debut of what has been dubbed "Gay Christmas Day." I di...
While women's empowerment is crucial, girls' empowerment is also one of the most promising strategies we have to achieve sustainable development. Ensuring that girls are healthy, educated, and enabled to speak out for their own rights is key to creating a better world - for girls, their families, communities, and countries.
I wish I had realized earlier that our worldwide tribe of women is not bound by age or beauty or success and that heroines are often the woman we just...
The five moms I sat with in that dusty camp need access to those things just like every other person in Myanmar. There are many on both sides working toward that goal, and it will take care and time, but the futures of the children I met should not be the price to pay to get there.
Social Media Week in Nigeria this #MaternalMonday is especially inspiring as it allows us to mark the coming together of maternal advocacy and social media. To celebrate, we are highlighting what we have achieved through our social media advocacy and health educational antenatal classes
In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA and I will also facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimize morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.
Congratulations. You're now part of an elite group of moms and dads -- those of us with multiples. We are one wing of the special forces of parenthood. Semper fi. The intensity of this boot camp period with two babies will leave you with a strength and pride that will spill over into everything else.
Combined with important grassroots efforts, no doubt once there are more women in leadership roles, the value of a woman's life will no longer be treated as less than that of a cow. We have seen this first-hand in our work.
Through our #MaternalMonday online advocacy, we seek to create a tool and platform for health education for every woman and every child.
As we embark on 2016 and the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals, I would like to express my gratitude to all our partners and participants since we started in 2004 as a small NGO with the aim of ending deaths in childbirth in Nigeria.
Now that my twins are four, I feel nostalgia for the baby part, but even moreso, excitement for today. As I write this list, I see that it has gotten easier in a thousand ways, large and small. If you are reading this from the stormy beginning days, hang in there.
As I celebrate this other birthday, I can't help but reflect on what it means, not just to me, but to the woman who adopted me. And to the one that let me go to a life that she could not imagine.