Truth is I HATE writing about this. It feels like shouting into a void. It feels ineffectual. It provides me a bit of emotional release, but does nothing to address the problem.
I've been so honored to be a part of the Global Moms Relay, an online advocacy effort created by the UN Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Huffington Post and others. The idea is that each day for 60 days a mother, an advocate, a celebrity, (this hapless blogger) will contribute a post about motherhood, and for everyone who shares post, the Gates Foundation will contribute $5 to a related cause. They'll keep contributing up to $500,000!!
My post ran yesterday in the Huffington Post. It's not a feel-bad story. It's the story of a mother, like so many voiceless woman, who is picking up the pieces after another woman's death in childbirth. These stories, especially from a continent which is typically either feared or pitied, are rarely told.
|This is Esther. The deck is stacked against small twins, whose mother perished bringing them into this world. But not with their grandmother Esther giving them loving and attentive care.|
If you take 3 seconds to share Esther's story, 2 things will happen: You will be acknowledging and spreading that particular often ignored story of maternal strength. And you will unlock $5 from the Gates Foundation to help the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, which is using mobile technology (pervasive in even poor rural areas) to reach and support women who are more vulnerable to maternal mortality.
It's a no-brainer, right?