Give Mothers their Rights

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Now more than ever, the MaterCare International 'Charter of Maternal Rights' echoes the concerns and sentiments of women in the developing world. While western governments and philanthropic organizations are discussing amongst themselves what to do about the global maternal health crisis, MaterCare has developed, with the aid of experts and through listening to and observing the women who most desperately need it, a Charter of Maternal Rights. By adopting this charter, regions are pledging to uphold the dignity of the station of motherhood. We ask that world leaders adopt this charter as a part of the ongoing effort to reduce maternal deaths worldwide. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has given millions to large NGOs who, rather than elevating the status of women and mothers in the developing world, have promoted social engineering and population control. By adopting this charter, CIDA would be making a clear statement of intent to the global community to uphold the station of motherhood.  

From the Charter of Maternal Rights (You can read the charter in full here): 


1.3  Mortality and Morbidity
   It is estimated that 200 million women conceive world-wide each year and the UN estimates the number of pregnancies artificially aborted annually to be 30 – 50 million.  The number of women’s deaths occurring due to complications during pregnancy, labour and delivery and 6 weeks following (maternal mortality), are reliably estimated to be 330,000, (Lancet 2009), mostly in developing countries. The difference in the risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth, between rich and poor countries is stark e.g. in Canada it is 1: 7,300, whereas in sub-Saharan African countries the risk is 1: 7.  No other development indicators show such disparity between rich and poor countries and the gap is not closing. Of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, No 5 (to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015) is the most neglected.  This neglect is not due to lack of funding but rather its wrong allocation, which is to reduce the number of children mothers bear, rather than making pregnancy and childbirth safer. 

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