Joy Phumaphi was Minister of Health in Botswana — and SHE CARES.
Maria Otero is the first Latina U.S. Under Secretary of State in history — and SHE CARES.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga was the first female President of Latvia — and SHE CARES.
Jenny Shipley was the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand — and SHE CARES.
Gro Harlem Brundtland was Norway's first and only female Prime Minister — and SHE CARES.
Tarja Halonen was the first female President of Finland — and SHE CARES.
Annie Lennox is an award-winning singer-songwriter, performer. and social activist — and SHE CARES.
Frederick Torgbor Sai is know as the "Grandfather of Maternal Health" — and HE CARES.
Mary Robinson was Ireland's first female President — and SHE CARES.
Regina Benjamin is the 18th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service — and SHE CARES.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was the first President of Natal Organization of Women — and SHE CARES.
Helen Clark is the first woman to lead the UN Development Programme — and SHE CARES.
Ted Turner is the Chairman of the United Nations Foundation — and HE CARES.
Joyce Banda is the President of Malawi — and SHE CARES.
Jan Eliasson is Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations — and HE CARES.
Why We Care
Reproductive Health is a human right
All of the leaders who have contributed to this book share their stories in a powerful, personal way. From President Joyce Banda, who speaks movingly of her own experience as a wife, mother, and leader, to Dr. Fred Sai, known and beloved by so many as the “grandfather of maternal health,” these leaders speak from the heart.
They speak not as puppets or surrogates; they speak as people who have seen desperate mothers, dying children, helpless sisters. And they have also seen women empowered by choice, given voice by education, bestowed with strength by knowledge. They have seen the miracles wrought by access to reproductive health services – they have seen change.
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"Complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death of women in their reproductive years, killing an average of 1,000 women per day. That number is just plain unacceptable in this day and age."