Partnering for results: Delivering for Every Women and Every Child Within a Generation
On September 25th UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon hosted a high-level event in New York, to build strong global partnerships for the Every Woman Every Child movement. It brought together global leaders from across sectors, including governments, the private sector, civil society organisations and celebrities.
ICM was well represented by Global Ambassador H.E. Toyin Saraki, President, Chief Executive and Board Member Sandra Oyarzo Torres, Dorothea Lang (UN Representative to the UN and Joyce Hyatt). Other midwives present were Lennie Kamwendo, Rose Mlay (WRA), Joanna Nemrava, President Canadian Association of Midwives, who was there as part of the Canadian delegation and Jordanian midwife Munira Shaban. Recruited out of retirement in her late sixties by the UNFPA office in Jordan to provide midwifery services to Syrian refugees in the Za'atari camp, she advocates for family planning and supports and counsels pregnant women.
As part of an eminent panel at the opening session Sustaining Gains, Building on our Future, with Ray Chambers, Special Envoy, H.E Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, H.E Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania, Ms Li Xialion, President of the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), “Mama Munira” gave a powerful, moving speech about her work as midwife in the refugee camp, the vital role of the midwife, SoWMy and urged investment in midwives.