Are we so complacent that we feel we do not need to demand gender equality? Many women are convinced there is equality between men and women. But this simply is not true. Here are the facts on the matter.
We know from our own experience as presidents that progress on women's health and rights does not happen without political leaders who are willing to take risks. We call on all leaders to take such a risk now.
As the world moves toward review of the Millennium Development Goals, other nations should take a closer look at the success of Sierra Leone's maternal health program and commit to apply its lessons around the world.
Bangladesh will no doubt be a UN "development star." But it still has a long way to go when it comes to saving women's lives, and showing the rest of the world how to achieve the most critical of the Millenium Development Goals.
If the G-8 countries embrace as a priority providing access to comprehensive reproductive health services and strengthening health system accountability, they could save the lives of millions of women and children.
Dr. Kunchok's project serves as a model that can be replicated in regions all over the world where there are medically under-served populations, especially in areas where there are high rates of maternal and infant deaths.
I have spent the last 30 years educating women about the wisdom of their bodies, including their innate ability to birth normally. Yet our so-called healthcare system...sees the female body and its processes (like labor) as an accident waiting to happen.