• Gyerekmunka
  • Két gyerek
  • Gyerekek a családban
  • Öregek
  • Asszony tánc
  • Asszonyok terménnyel
  • Városkép
  • Tanítás
  • Always on  the road
  • Bare Eyes
  • Black albino
  • Children of Misery
  • Kids of Kenya
  • Maasai Chief
  • Maasai children
  • Maasai village
  • Maasai women
  • Past and the future on her face
  • Smiling in chador
  • The English teacher

"A szülőknek alapvető emberi joga, hogy szabadon és felelősségteljesen meghatározzák gyermekeik számát és az érkezésük közt eltelt időt."

ENSZ Emberi Jogok Konferencia, 1968 Teherán
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Don't Forget the Girls



As the father of four daughters and as the Executive Director for UNFPA, a leading UN agency working

on maternal health, it warms my heart to see that safe motherhood and women's reproductive health
are finally being recognized as important development issues.

Sadly, millions of women in developing countries still lack even the most basic care during pregnancy
and too often have no one to assist during births. As a result, 1,000 women die every day from
complications in pregnancy or childbirth, and countless others suffer debilitating injuries, such
as obstetric fistula. Moreover, 215 million women still lack access to modern contraceptives and are,
therefore, unable to make fundamental decisions about whether or when to become pregnant.

It is inexcusable that in the 21st century motherhood remains so dangerous for so many. It is not only
morally wrong but also hampers economic development and the survival and well-being of families,
communities and nations.

We have worked hard to find the solutions and turn the tide, and we can see that things are moving in
the right direction. The global political and media focus on the issues - of which the Global Motherhood
partnership between Johnson & Johnson and The Huffington Post is a significant reflection - has
never been greater. Meanwhile, governments, businesses and foundations are making substantial
commitments to the UN Secretary-General's Every Woman, Every Child initiative, supporting agencies
like UNFPA and taking concrete action on the ground. We can see that maternal deaths and the
unmet need for voluntary family planning are beginning to decline around the world.

At UNFPA, we work to make every pregnancy wanted, every child birth safe and to give every young
person the opportunity to realize their full potential. Today, there are 500 million adolescent girls in
the developing world. Their full potential has yet to be fulfilled. Millions of them are married off young,
lack access to education and health services, are subjected to genital mutilation or cutting, and are
vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, domestic violence and abuse. They are poor, get pregnant too early,
have limited access to skilled health workers at the time of birth and don't get an education. Each year,
70,000 adolescent girls die in pregnancy or childbirth, making maternal death the most common cause
of death for girls between 15 and 19 years old.

This is not what any father or mother would want for their child, and it doesn't have to be like that. Both
in my current job and when I was Minister of Health in Nigeria, I have seen the tremendous effect of
investing in the education and health of adolescent girls.

When a girl gets an education, has the power to delay her first pregnancy, and is healthy and
equipped with the right skills and opportunities, she holds the key to unlocking many of the world's
most pressing problems: reducing maternal and child death, halting the spread of HIV, breaking
the cycle of poverty, advancing gender equality and propelling countries' social and economic
development. As educated mothers, they will invest in the health, education and success of the next
generation. As leaders of both today and tomorrow, they can be a force for social cohesion, progress
and peace.

I am today the lucky grandfather of three healthy grandchildren. It is my sincere hope that all young
people, including adolescent girls, will get the needed opportunities to realize their potential and to live
fulfilling, healthy lives. In this debate on Global Motherhood, I encourage all: please don't forget the

Learn more about how UNFPA and Johnson & Johnson are working together to make a meaningful
difference in the Johnson & Johnson 2011 Annual Report.

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