Quick hit: More reasons to love Nicholas Kristof
For those of you who don't read the New York Times opinion section quite as religiously as I do, Nicholas Kristof writes consistently and eloquently about the plight of women in third-world countries. He's an incredibly important voice for women's rights worldwide, and this week's column is no exception. In it, he reminders us about just how many women are dying in childbirth worldwide - and how preventable their deaths are. Kristof writes:
"It’s pretty clear that if men were dying at these rates, the United Nations Security Council would be holding urgent consultations, and a country such as this would appoint a minister of paternal mortality. Yet half-a-million women die annually from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth without attracting much interest because the victims are typically among the most voiceless people in the world: impoverished, rural, uneducated and female."
I'm glad that Kristof is helping to give these women a voice - and another reason that I'm incredibly grateful that President Obama has reinstated funds for the U.N. Population Fund. If you're interested, here are some organizations that are doing crucial work to make motherhood safe for all women.
The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Averting Maternal Death and Disability
Family Care International