I don't usually write about current events. But reading this quote today made me breathe a little deeper.
"When a girl becomes a mother before she becomes literate, when a woman gives birth alone and is left with a permanent disability, when a mother toils daily to feed her large family but cannot convince her husband to agree to contraception, these struggles represent suffering that can and should be avoided. They represent potential that goes unfulfilled. And they also represent an opportunity to extend critical help to women worldwide and the children who depend on them."
Well said. Thanks Secretary of State Clinton for emphasizing that human progress relies on improving women's health. Thanks for showing world leaders who belittle women that they can shove it.
A fact worth repeating from her speech to mark the 15th anniversary of the Cairo Conference:
- One woman dies every minute of every day in pregnancy or childbirth, and for every woman who dies, another 20 suffer from injury, infection, or disease every minute.