I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
On May 1, 2015, United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson hosted the Moms+SocialGood conference, a one-day event for mothers, experts, and a global audience to share dialogue on how to improve and emrich the lives of mothers and familes around the world. Speakers such as Jennifer Garner, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, photographer Anne Geddes and more. The theme for this year’s event was
What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?
I encourage you to watch videos from the event as they are eye-opening, inspiring, and an excellent reminder that we all need to have a responsibility for families to thrive in their communities, no matter what country or economic situation.
Some significant points that resonated throughout the event:
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.
- Medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of death among girls ages 15-19 in low–and middle–income countries. And girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24.
- For millions of mothers living in poverty, access to vital health information is a matter of life or death.
- Ethiopia is among the countries with the highest number of annual newborn deaths: nearly 90,000 in 2012
What Can You Do to Help?
The Moms+SocialGood event kicked off the Global Moms Relay led by the Global Moms Challenge. From May 1, 2015 through to Father’s Day on June 19, 2015, advocates, mothers, fathers, community leaders, and celebrities will be sharing personal stories of what they want for all families in the future. Each day they will “pass the baton” to another to share more stories. The final hope is that we as a global audience can join the conversation and share awareness of critical concerns affecting mothers and children worldwide.
For every share of these stories and posts, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 on each social network, up to $300,000, to help moms and children through UNICEF, MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), Shot@life, and Girl Up.
It’s that simple. So please follow these channels, share posts and help raise funds!
You can also follow the converstion at #GlobalMoms