I’ve been getting e-mails from ONE.org for several years now, and whereas many of their actions tend to be too US-centric to allow me much participation, their most recent campaign to hit my inbox touched home on a couple of levels.
Subject: The perfect Mother’s Day present
If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking about something you can do for Mother’s Day next month. Well, I have a slightly different suggestion.
Next week, development ministers from G8 countries will meet to develop a plan to improve women and children’s health around the world. With more than 8 million children dying before the age of 5 and more than 300,000 women dying in pregnancy and childbirth each year, I know you’ll agree with me that this an important issue.
I just signed a petition asking the G8 to make sure they create a strong plan to ensure mums and babies around the world grow up healthy.
Please join me by taking action here:
Our best chance at impacting the process is by speaking together.
I urge the few people that still happen across this blog to head over to the link above and sign the petition. I may live in a country were petitioners are routinely ignored, but I’d like to think that I come from a country where that’s not the case. Being as close as I am to having my first child, it’s impossible not to read about the above issue and not realize how lucky I, my wife and our soon-to-be-born son all are. For all the benefits that he automatically has granted to him, and so many others do not, I hope you’ll take a moment and sign.