At this G8 Summit, it's time we started to put an end to maternal, newborn and infant mortality. Every day, nearly 1,000 women and 22,000 children under five will die in a world where most of these deaths are entirely preventable.
It's not often that you get to sit in the same room with a group of world leaders and hear their wisdom, ideas and experiences at the personal and political levels. I've just enjoyed that privilege. And the world leaders were all women.
Maternal mortality is a crisis without borders. Women die in rural African villages, crowded slums in Bangladesh, and even in hospitals in the U.S., where a poor woman's risk of maternal death is greater than in 40 other countries.
Make no mistake: a special focus on women and girls is not an aberration on the global agenda, for it is quickly emerging as the secret to unlocking humanity's potential in securing a more stable and sustainable future for all.