Congress Opening Ceremony
Today marked the start of the 30th ICM Triennial Congress held in Prague, with an impressive Multi Faith Celebration right before the official Opening Ceremony. It included music, dancing, and contributions from different faiths. It was a time for reflection and celebration of midwifery with colleagues from many faiths, at a unique gathering of the world’s midwives.
The Opening Ceremony started with a beautiful and heartfelt performance of The Czech Republic National Anthem, sung by little Terezka from Czech Radio Children's Choir. Afterwards, the flag ceremony took place - an impressive celebration of colours, cultures, and countries. It was amazing to see so much enthusiasm and cheer as each national flag was carried on the stage by the representatives from 102 ICM Member Associations. Truly an international gathering of midwives from all over the world!
To celebrate 30 years of ICM congresses, the Czech midwives had put together a video and took the audience down memory lane. Photos since 1919 were showcased and gave a glimpse of the past. In her welcome address ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk called the 30th ICM Triennial Congress an inspirational one. She welcomed those attending the ICM congress for the first time, as well as the student midwives - future of the profession. ‘We are here because we want to be effective agents of change! Investing in midwives results in improved health, stronger societies, and productive economies’, said Frances. She added that ‘our collective tolerance, understanding and knowledge, are key elements to create global change for midwives and midwifery care. If we all take one idea back from Prague to our countries and implement it, we will play a part in global change’. Afterwards, she presented Johnson and Johnson with an award in recognition of their contribution to the ICM 30th Triennial Congress. Read the full story here.