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Mothers Day: Celebrating Motherhood

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On Mother's Day, while we celebrate and give thanks for our own mothers' influence on our lives, many of us also reflect on Motherhood itself and all of the qualities associated with it: nurturing, patience, fairness, encouragement, and above all, love.  It is these qualities that keep us going, even when times get tough.  

 

In areas of conflict, famine, and severe poverty, even the decision to have a child can put a woman's life in danger.  A great way to honor Motherhood on Mother's Day is by supporting the causes that help mothers face the extraordinarily difficult challenges of pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing, as Half the Sky's Nicholas Kristof explains:

 

A big cause-related event marking Mother's Day this year is the UN Foundation's Mom + Social,  a gathering of passionate people who use social media, technology, and philanthropy to improve the health of moms and children everywhere.  The event marked the end of the Global Mom Relay, a virtual conversation about motherhood with the goal of raising awareness about the UN's Every Women, Every Child initiative, which is mobilizing and intensifying global action to improve the health of women and children around the world.  Donations raised during the event were given to Girl Up, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), and the Shot@Life campaign.

 

 

Model Christy Turlington spoke at the event about Every Mother Counts, whose mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms.  They are running a brilliant Mother's Day campaign on Pinterest called Give a Thought, through which you can send a clever and thoughtful message to your mother while donating to help mothers-to-be around the world.

 

Also represented was the Million Moms Challenge, whose mission is to connect millions of American moms with as many in the developing world who face issues which impact pregnancy, childbirth and children's health.

 

Find out more about these great organizations supporting mothers facing hard challenges in our media gallery below.