Differently-abled women are a doubly discriminated category in India: for being women and having a physical or mental impairment.
Maternity care and mental health care are both lacking in our otherwise incredibly developed nation. Combine these two and you have the perfect storm...
Edna Adan Ismail has literally committed everything she has to achieve one purpose: decreasing the newborn and maternal mortality rate in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.
Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.
Since our inception, Mother's Day has been our biggest attention-grabbing, awareness-building opportunity to rally the troops and engage new audiences to join our efforts to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms.
On Mother's Day -- and every day -- I am reminded of how important it is to listen to mothers in the developing world, share their stories and be a partner in their struggle for human rights
Today, thanks to the combined efforts of governments, companies, NGOs, health professionals, researchers and everyday volunteers, more children are born free of HIV than ever before. But we have not yet hit "zero."
Upon seeing Taslima Akhter's devastating photograph, however, I learned more about the people behind that label; that 'someone' who might have spent a passing moment caressing the cloth that caressed my son's back.
To say that I am thrilled about the Mother's Day release of Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives would be the Understatement of the Year.
Life can be terribly unfair. But there are so many people out there, dozens of whom I heard from today, who are doing something to make the world a better place -- for children, for mothers, and by extension, for all of us.
Sadly, humanity is taking advantage of our planet like an ungrateful teenager. Let's clean up our room and show our Mother Earth some respect.
The Mother's Day celebration takes place in May every year. This special day we reflect and show our gratitude to our mothers by acknowledging their unconditional love, their sacrifices and their contribution to our success.
This month, as many of my colleagues around the world celebrate motherhood, I work towards a future where all the mothers in my community have access to safe and healthy pregnancies -- a future free of the cries that once filled the homes of my neighbors.
When mothers die, girls are often pulled out of school to keep the home going. They lose their childhood and may become mothers while they are still children themselves; those who give birth before their 15th birthday are five times more likely to die in childbirth.
There are currently over 600,000 refugees in Kenya's refugee camps, many of whom are unaccompanied, orphaned and separated refugee girls and single young women without family members.
Vaccines have saved the lives of over 20 million children globally, but continued support from the U.S. and other global players is critical to sustaining this progress.
Sunday is Mother's Day, one of the year's high points of gratitude. So as we honor the mothers among us (and those no longer among us), there's no better time to tap into that gratitude and draw on the qualities that make mothers such a force for good -- their generosity, their nurturing, their unconditional love. We're doing that with two initiatives, the Global Mom Relay and Mom+Social, both harnessing the power of motherhood and social media to improve the lives of mothers and children around the world. In the course of the Relay, we've heard a range of voices, and each time you share a post, a $5 donation is made by Johnson & Johnson and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And there's still time to join.
As a journalist, I've had the opportunity to meet with mothers around the world who are facing tough challenges in war zones and remote areas without access to medical care for themselves and their children. This is unacceptable.
Some of you might think it's annoying to classify mothers as Turkish and American. We can also describe them as Eastern and Western mothers and yes, I am talking about stereotypes and there are always some exceptions on both sides.
A woman has nine months to prepare for the day that her baby will arrive -- healthy and full of promise, imagining the love she and her child will have for each other. Sadly, every year, more than one million babies die on the first day of life -- many from preventable causes.