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The difference you made to mums this Mother's Day

Posted by Abby Mason Communications Planning and Data Manager

21st Apr 2011

A big BIG thank you to everyone who campaigned on maternal health in the lead up to Mother's Day this year. You've had a huge and important impact.

There was an amazing amount of creativity and discussion about pregnant women's access to health care, and this led to strong words from Andrew Mitchell (International Development Secretary):

"It is a scandal that 1,000 women die every day in pregnancy or childbirth. Nobody should die or suffer ill health because they are pregnant and too poor to afford treatment.

"The Coalition Government has put women and girls at the heart of our development work. We plan to double the number of lives saved in pregnancy and childbirth in the world's poorest countries by 2015."

And Mitchell made it clear how important campaigners from organisations like Oxfam are in bringing about change:

"The volume of support has shown how committed campaigners from the WI and Oxfam are to such an important cause. We hope to work with you to raise awareness of the vital work we are doing in developing countries to reduce infant and maternal mortality."

What you achieved

So much happened all over the UK:

  • Oxfam and the WI campaigned for more than a year with their Mums Matter petition.

  • Local and student Oxfam groups got out on the streets and asked people to sign giant cards.

  • MPs met with constituents who wanted them to talk to Andrew Mitchell.

  • Members of the public sent their own cards to Andrew Mitchell.

  • You've sent your own cards to DfID

  • And Pramblers walked more than 300 miles raising awareness of this issue.

The amount of effort, creativity and passion for campaigning on this issue has been amazing. But the fight doesn't stop here - you can help pressure the Government again at Tea Time for Change, as well and are several other important political moments in 2011. We'll let you know how you can get involved and push Andrew Mitchell to make his words become reality.

In the meantime, sign up to lobby your MP  and enjoy knowing that together we've made a difference, and that the Government is promising to support more healthcare so we can reduce the suffering some women have to endure.

Blog post written by Abby Mason

Communications Planning and Data Manager

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