White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) 

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The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is an international coalition of individuals and organizations formed to promote increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns in the developing, as well as, developed countries.

The white ribbon is dedicated to the memory of all women who have died in pregnancy and childbirth. In some cultures, white symbolizes mourning and in others it symbolizes hope and life. The white ribbon represents this dual meaning globally. The White Ribbon Alliance not only works to sustain life and hope for all women, but also mourns and honors those women who did not survive pregnancy or childbirth.

ICM works with WRA in various advocacy activities (see Uganda programme) and ICM and WRA have agreed in subsequent dissemination meetings that the organisations will work together so that advocacy is intertwined in activities.

ICM Chief Executive Frances Ganges was Director, Technical Oversight and Support, at the White Ribbon Alliance. 


Press Release: Common Purpose and Collective Ownership 

Effective April 1, 2014, the office of President will come to a close and Betsy McCallon will lead the WRA as Executive Director. 'As many of you know, a succession plan has been a key component to my participation as a WRA founder. I am confident that this transition will uphold the mission and values of WRA, and I will remain an active member', said Theresa Shaver. Read the full statement here.

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