I love my mom. She and mothers like her are the reason for my success. I would not be where I am were it not for her love and her belief in my potential. So it is with joy in my heart that I wish my mom a happy Mother’s Day.
The typical gifts for a mom on Mother’s Day are flowers, chocolate, hugs, dinner out, breakfast in bed, special chores or yard work, and the like. But this year, I am remiss to bestow upon my mother figures material gifts (that they themselves could obtain) while so many mothers of the world suffer. In my mind, flowers are meaningless. Chocolate is meaningless. Chores are meaningless.
Every ninety seconds a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. That’s 350,000 women who die every year! Sadly, the vast majority of these deaths are avoidable. And the United States are no exception. It’s more dangerous to give birth in the United States than in 49 other countries including Kuwait, Bulgaria, and South Korea. In 1990, the United Nations set Millennium Development Goal number 5: reduce maternal mortality by 75% and achieve universal access to reproductive health by the year 2015. These development goals are closely intertwined with reducing hunger and improving education for adolescent girls.
Therefore, with respect for and in honor of all my moms, I want to help all the mothers of the world in their name. So this year, I am donating all the money I would have spent on flowers and chocolate for Mother’s Day to help the improve maternal health all over the globe. Every mother deserves health care and respect. Every mother should be able to give birth without the fear of death. So mom, with the strength you gave me, I do this. I love you mom.
If you would like to learn how you can help improve maternal health and the situation of women and girls locally or globally, check out some of the links below.
End Poverty 2015: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/getinvolved.shtml
CARE: CARE fights global poverty by placing special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. http://www.care.org/
Girl Up: Girl Up envisions a world where all girls around the world, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. http://www.girlup.org/
Jolkona Your choice. Your Impact. Your world.: http://www.jolkona.org/impact/mdgs
International Planned Parenthood Federation: IPPF is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. http://www.ippf.org/en/
National Network to End Domestic Violence: NNEDV is the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. http://www.nnedv.org/
United Way: advancing the common good and mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world. http://www.unitedway.org/
Mary Kay Foundation: dedicated to ending women’s cancers and domestic violence abuse: http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/Home.aspx