Every day should be mother’s day: supporting international women’s day

You’ve still got over a week to buy your mum a mother’s day card but just a few days to get ready for International Women’s day!

Monday marks the 100th year of International Women’s day (IWD). Annually on 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to celebrate women’s achievements and also to highlight many of the challenges that women around the world still face. There are a number of ways that you can get involved this year.

The first thing that you can do is learn more about why it pays to invest in women’s health, education and economic development. Visit this blog every day next week, where you can read posts written by RESULTS staff and interns looking at the role of gender within RESULTS UK’s major campaign areas.

RESULTS UK is part of a coalition of organisations who are calling for the international community to take urgent action to address maternal mortality – the most off-track of all the MDGs. There are a number of quick and easy actions that you can take to show your support:

Gordon Brown with his mum

Send a special mother’s day card – designed by Sam Taylor Wood – to your mum, or even you MP!

At the end of 2009, a coalition of organisations, including RESULTS UK, produced a Manifesto for Motherhood with recommendations on how the UK government can ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth safe and every child is healthy. Send an email to UK party leaders and ask them to make sure that whoever is in the next government will continue to show leadership in addressing the preventable deaths of women and children.

You can also support organisations like the White Ribbon Alliance to raise the profile of maternal and newborn mortality by hosting an event; generating media coverage about the number of women and babies who die each year from preventable causes; or you can simply show your solidarity by wearing white. Click here to find out more.

Click here to see a list of lots more events taking place all over the UK to mark International Women’s Day and come back to this site next week to read more about the importance of prioritising women and girls in development interventions.

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