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What Women Want: Improving Global Maternal Health Through Policy Advocacy

24 February 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Maternity Today is presenting a panel discussion on Improving Global Maternal Health through Policy Advocacy. Don’t miss out on this powerhouse presentation with leaders from gender equality, women’s health, midwifery, and human rights organizations. The event will include guest speakers from : Canadian Partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health( CanWaCH), White Ribbon Alliance Global (WRA) , Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment (CCWE), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and Canadian Association of Midwives .Our theme is to promote women’s maternal health by engaging leaders in discussing policies that affect women and their well-being . The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the disparities in accessing health, and among the vulnerable and marginalized, are women who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. This panel will also discuss the importance of midwives as essential health care providers to women.

Recently, Maternity Today joined the global efforts with ICM and WRA, to survey midwives as ambassadors for women’s health. The goal of the survey is to ask midwives about what they want and need to serve women in their care and for themselves as midwives.

Why empower midwives? Because this is What Women Want!

In 2019, the What Women Want (WWW) Campaign was launched with the goal of addressing the needs of women and girls in the developing world. Findings were used to develop policy agendas and the implementation of reproductive and maternal health services. The top request that came from WWW was the demand for more midwives and better-supported nurses. As a result, the What Women Want: Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Demands campaign was launched to better understand the needs of midwives.

A global survey was launched to amplify the multitudinous voices of Midwives. The information that is gathered will be categorized, analyzed, and reported in May 2022 on the International Day of the Midwife. The reported information will be further used to advocate for policy change so Midwives across the globe will receive all that they need to help mothers and children.