International Women’s Day 2012

8 MARCH 2012

A woman of the semi-nomadic herder community at Hustai National Park
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
A woman of the semi-nomadic herder community at Hustai National Park with her child inside a ger, a traditional dwelling, in Tuv province, Mongolia

In commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD), PMNCH members are celebrating progress and advancing commitments towards better health for the world’s women and their children.

Recognizing that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be met without improving the health and welfare of women, PMNCH members have brought the issue front and centre with a number of RMNCH-related initiatives to mark IWD 2012. The following round-up represents a sample of these messages, events, campaigns and commitments:

Norway commits $9.9 million to maternal and newborn Health

In the lead up to IWD 2012, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation made a US$9.9 million commitment to support the use of innovative mobile technologies to improve women and children’s health.

AMREF urges supporters to stand up for African mothers

To raise awareness about the many voiceless mothers at risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications every year, AMREF is seeking signatures for a petition to nominate Esther Madudu, a midwife from Uganda, for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. With this nomination the organization hopes to raise the profile of its Stand Up for African Mothers campaign—an initiative that aims to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 to contribute to the reduction of maternal deaths in Africa by 25 per cent.

GAVI promises two vaccines to benefit women and girls

GAVI Alliance is highlighting the power of vaccines to deliver good health to girls and women living in developing countries. GAVI is supporting two more vaccines which can benefit the health of women—human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines against cervical cancer and rubella vaccines against congenital rubella syndrome. GAVI pledges by 2020, over 28 million girls will be immunised with HPV vaccines and one billion children can be immunised against measles-rubella.

UK to host family planning summit with Gates Foundation

The UK Government is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and partners to host a Family Planning summit in London in July 2012. On the eve of International Women’s Day, U.K. Development Minister Andrew Mitchell met with the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss what the global community needs to do to make universal access to reproductive health and family planning a reality. On International Women’s Day, Development Minister Stephen O’Brien is scheduled to speak at an event in Parliament on investments in family planning, co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Global Health.

Women Deliver 50: Ideas delivering for girls and women

The day before IWD 2012, Women Deliver announced the winners who made the “Women Deliver 50” list, a compilation of the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women across the globe. The initiatives, which range from grassroots to global, are led by social entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, international agencies and private companies.

FHDO: International Women's Day was observed in Sirajganj

8 MARCH 2012 | SIRAJGANJ, BANGLADESH - To celebrate the day a colorful rally was organized by governmental and non-governmental organizations and was attended by Deputy Commissioner Mr Aminul Islam as chief guest.