For many women, even in the best of circumstances, motherhood is quite a challenge. However, when poverty, disease, violence, poor healthcare or a lack of education is present, mothers and their children both suffer.
Creating a human being and creating a social venture have a lot in common: unexpected challenges, incremental growth, and the immense satisfaction of making something out of thin air. Not only do both endeavors involve a tremendous amount of change, but it's the kind of change that makes you realize your life will always be different from the way it was before.
As you read this article, think of the things that your own mother did, does or is doing for you. Make a mental list; I am sure it's endless and that you will agree with me that there is need for something to be done to help our mothers thrive.
The birth of a child should be a day of celebration and awe. But for millions of women around the world it can be the most dangerous -- and too often the last -- day of her life.
When we give impoverished women a place at the global table of economic development, we take a firm stand in decreasing rates of child mortality and fostering health and prosperity in the developing world. This is something that is well worth celebrating on Mother's Day and supporting all year round.
Since when is defending more than half of the world's population from violence, poverty and disease a "soft" issue? Since when is helping women achieve personal bodily autonomy a "nice-to-have?"
Sunday is Mother's Day, and there's no better time to join the movement to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies everywhere. That's the goal of the Global Moms Relay. In partnership with the UN Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and BabyCenter, HuffPost is putting the spotlight on the ways we can bring new opportunities to women and children around the world.
On Mother's Day, these women are celebrating mothers around the world who understand the challenges their fellow mothers face and work tirelessly on their behalf to ensure they stay alive, healthy and able to care for their children.
While flowers and greeting cards are thoughtful, millions of American women need something more important on this Mother's Day: lifesaving preventive health care.
I never considered my mother a gambler, but looking back to my earliest days in Ethiopia, I realize that the likelihood of my mother and me both dying during childbirth was alarmingly high.
Three of the major factors in the basic oppression of women in the developing world are child labor, child marriage and gender-based violence. Getting girls into primary school and giving them the opportunity for secondary education are important tools for addressing these sources of vulnerability.
As May 5th is International Day of the Midwife, I would like to take this opportunity to share some inspiring stories of midwives from around the world. In midwife-led care, women experience less preterm births, less assisted deliveries and greater satisfaction with care.
Like most women worldwide, I have a very ordinary mom. She is not famous, she is not spectacularly rich, she has never invented anything that she had to patent, and she's never saved anyone's life by performing emergency CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. So yes, she was ordinary. And yet she was -- and is, at the age of 73 -- a superhero.
No matter who or where we are in the world, we all want our mothers and babies to be healthy.
The 39th President of the United States identifies some of the most deplorable and widespread acts of gender-based violence -- something he calls "the most serious challenge facing us now" -- while taking special issue with the religious persecution of women.
It's outrage heaped upon outrage. As financial resources for education decline globally particularly in the poorest countries, the risks of not getting an education or attending a school that cannot be kept safe continue to escalate. So what should we do?
Challenges to urban food security in the Global South are varied, as are the solutions: national campaigns, school lunch programs, plugging food gaps, urban agriculture, food donations, public-private partnerships.
Mothers bring life. Mothers bring caring. Mothers set the tone for the aspirations of the next generation.
They are denied education, health services, and at risk for exploitation, abuse and underage recruitment into armed forces. All because they do not have a simple piece of paper we take for granted -- a birth certificate.
The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.