International Day for Maternal Health and Rights: Answering the Call to Action

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 11, 2014November 7, 2016By: Kathleen McDonald, Senior Program Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative; Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today, April 11, 2014 is the inaugural International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Spearheaded by CHANGE, and co-sponsored by a consortium* of leading maternal health organizations, the event was launched with a tweetchat to discuss rights-based women’s health care, including respectful maternity care. The discussion served as a call to action for government, international institutions, and the global community to recognize the day and take action to keep maternal health on the post-2015  agenda.People and organizations responded in droves, and by midday east coast time, #IntlMHDay and #maternalhealth were trending worldwide on Twitter. Chat participants answered questions posed by CHANGE and shared their perspectives on the status of maternal health as a human rights issue.Take action for the right to dignity, respect, & skilled care during pregnancy & childbirth!#IntlMHDay http://t.co/qfx2TeUWRE— Dorathy Akwugo Isu (@dorathyisu) April 11, 2014Q1: What is #rights based #maternalhealth care? #IntlMHDay— CHANGE (@genderhealth) April 11, 2014A1: In the #WorldWeWant every woman has the right to make decisions abt her body, health + future. #IntlMHDay #CPD47 pic.twitter.com/X5mUz8sSbD— IPPF/WHR (@IPPF_WHR) April 11, 2014A healthier future depends on reaching the most vulnerable & underserved #women with high-quality #maternalhealth services. #IntlMHDay— Population Council (@Pop_Council) April 11, 2014A1: #Rights based #maternalhealth care respects women’s autonomy, dignity, & choices, & prevents maternal morbidity & mortality. #IntlMHDay— Women Deliver (@WomenDeliver) April 11, 2014Black women in US exp maternal mortality rates comparable to devlping countries. This must be a priority! http://t.co/j5HZNqtFlw #IntlMHDay— Elizabeth Dawes Gay (@edawesgay) April 11, 2014#Rights-based #maternalhealth care must ensure #women can decided freely how many childrent they want to have #familyplanning #IntlMHDay— KHALEB (@k4334b) April 11, 2014Envision a world where no women die in childbirth, 100% of demand for contraception is met, and all abortions are safe and legal #IntlMHDay — Emma Morse (@emmorse3) April 11, 2014The overwhelming response from the global maternal health community signals that rights-based maternal health is a key area of concern, and we have heard you.Last year, the Maternal Health Task Force issued a call for your perspectives on respectful maternity care.  In celebration of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, we are re-launching our RMC blog series. This year, we want to hear from you on the full spectrum of women’s health services.  To quote CHANGE:Q6: How can we ensure that #womensrights are prioritized before, during, and after childbirth? #IntlMHDay— CHANGE (@genderhealth) April 11, 2014If you have a story you would like to share, or thoughts on keeping women-centered healthcare in the post-2015 agenda, please email Natalie Ramm.Read the Twitter transcript of the event on Storify!*Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Ibis Reproductive Health, International Center for Research on Women, International Planned Parenthood Association, Pathfinder International, Population Council, Women DeliverShare this:last_img read more