A report issued by the international child assistance organization asserts that children's lives can best be saved by supporting policies and programs that improve the lives of their mothers and elevate women's status in society.
The report, entitled "State of the World's Mothers," stresses the importance of health care, education, economic opportunity, food security, and after-school supports to mothers, and advocates five key policies to help improve women's status:
1) Raise the legal age for marriage and ensure that pregnant girls may remain in school.
2) All adolescents should be educated about sexual and reproductive health issues.
3) Expand or strengthen laws which protect girls from rape and forced prostitution.
4) Institute programs that encourage women to open businesses.
5) Grant development funds to countries based on their efforts to raise women's status.
Report authors detail how women's status directly impacts their children's well-being, giving examples from mothers in the United States, Bolivia, Vietnam, Mali, Lebanon, and Nepal.
1/28/2015 Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund - Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries. . . .