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18 August 2014 marks the 500 day milestone until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The set of eight goals were agreed on by the world’s leaders in 2000 at the Millennium Summit and aim to reduce extreme poverty and inequality by 2015. Of the eight goals, the fifth, to reduce maternal deaths and achieve universal access to reproductive health, is the most off-track.
Every day, a large number of communities in developing countries are losing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Most of the deaths are preventable; all that is needed is access to family planning and high quality healthcare.
Our campaign Make Women Matter highlights the need to improve the lives of women around the world. The United Nations General Assembly will meet in September 2014 to decide what the new development goals will look like. We are urging the UN Secretary General and Co-Chairs of The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that the focus is on: achieving women’s rights and empowerment, universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and ending unsafe abortion.
We are asking supporters to help by signing our petition and joining in the Make Women Matter movement. Please keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook, and help us build momentum for change and feel free to use our suggested social media content.
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