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Friday, 8 October 2010


with Nicola Blackwood MP
I spent time listening to real women at the Mums Café with Sophie Orchard from the White Ribbon Alliance, seeking her views on how women were engaging with the conservative party and politics in general. Sophie along with Tess Olsen Rong were present to promote the work of White Ribbon Alliance and Mum’s Café. 

Sophie’s smile in the morning as an early riser to her stand, she shared her vision and reasons for attendance at conference; to promote maternal health and campaigning on prevention of deaths due to inadequate facilities in health care and supervision within developing countries. 

Women die every minute of the day due to child birth globally as women around the world are gathering to make their voices heard on the campaign, predominantly because of inevitable causes related deaths due to pregnancy complications. 

The demand for change within global leaders and change makers arisen throughout the conference. At least 80% of deaths can be addressed by preventative measures. 

They require skilled maternal health workers. It was interesting to hear how Nicola Blackwood MP, Co-chair All Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security praised the importance of resolving humanitarian causes rather than security conflict resolutions, ‘basic access to hygiene and health care could save these women’s lives’, as she pointed out to the delegation.

The White Ribbon Alliance works in over 140 countries throughout the world to highlight that hundreds of thousands of pregnant women in many developing countries find themselves at as great a risk of death in childbirth in 2010 as women in many resource rich countries did 100 years ago. 

Mum’s Cafes have already been held in the Houses of Parliament, at Political party conferences, at the Tate Modern in London and across the country.

It’s a fun and easy way to play our part in reducing the needless deaths in pregnancy and childbirth.  


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