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Nicola Sansom Activism and Community Campiagner
9th Jan 2013
Do Mums Matter to Mancunians? Of course they do, as volunteers from Manchester Oxfam Group discovered when they began to raise awareness of maternal mortality across the world.
This exhibition being hosted at the People's History Museum in Manchester (from 19th January - 15th April 2013) highlights the group’s work, focusing on two of their recent major campaigns. The exhibition also looks at the ways in which maternal health in the UK has improved since Victorian times, and how we can protect the lives of pregnant women and mothers everywhere.
You are invited to the launch on Saturday 19th January from 2.30 - 4pm
The Manchester Oxfam Group will be hosting the opening event for their exhibition “Mums Matter to Mancunians” at The People’s History Museum on Saturday 19th January (14h30-16h00) and you are invited (it's free to enter the exhibition).
There will be some great guest speakers, bringing their expertise and passion to the exhibition, and media interest on the day as well as plenty of written content and visual displays, artifacts, photography and videos to see and competitions to enter.
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Come and see the giant baby blanket created for the MOMM:1400 campaign by hundreds of Mancunians to commemorate the 1400 women who died needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth every day around the world in 2008.
Find out more about Pramble, and follow in the footsteps of this rather unusual petition on maternal mortality issues to the government in 2011.
The exhibition also looks to highlight the importance of the UK’s commitment to life saving overseas aid and the positive difference this aid brings. For example back in 2008 we were campaigning because 1400 women were dying needlessly everyday in pregnancy and childbirth and today that figure is down to 800 partly due to aid investing in universal healthcare systems in countries like Sierra-Leone and Ghana. 2013 is a key year for this as the government should reach the historic target of 0.7% GDP in aid in the March 20th budget.
The exhibition will run until April 14th and the group will be running another big event at the exhibition on 10th March for mothers day (more info coming soon) so come along down to Spinningfields and visit The People’s History Museum for a grand day out in Manchester!
Special thanks goes to all the inspirational volunteers in the Manchester Oxfam group for their hard work and dedication campaigning on maternal healthcare over the years and for putting this incredible exhibition together to spread the word.
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