My daughter was born when the Spice Girls were at number one with ‘Wannabe’, the start of their Girl Power chart domination. In a few short weeks my daughter will be 16. In many areas of the world my still young daughter would be a mother, possibly of more than one by now, if she was lucky enough to survive pregnancy. If adolescent girls have the power to delay pregnancy until their bodies are ready, fewer children die.
This time round a new type of Girl Power could save lives thanks to the Save The children campaign:-
‘Around the world millions of girls and women have no power to plan when or whether to have babies. We’re working to change this so that children’s lives are saved. At a global Family Planning Summit in London on Wednesday 11 July, David Cameron has the chance to play his part. Join us in urging him to give girls power.’
The Family Planning Summit in London on 11 July is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress. With your help we can persuade world leaders to agree to commitments that would mean by 2020:
nearly 3 million fewer babies dying
more than 100 million fewer unintended pregnancies
200,000 fewer women and girls dying in pregnancy and childbirth.
You can visit the Save the Children website for more information or head straight to sign the petition here.
It’s my birthday today, make it your gift to me to go and do it now!!
There is also a mass tweet planned for 11am to 11.10 am UK time, today, 11th July- if you have read this post early enough and are able to join in please tweet the following:-
All women should have power to decide when & how many children they have. @number10gov pls #givegirlspower at #fpsummit Lives depend on it.
And if you read this too late tweet it anyway- what harm can it do!
Thanks for reading xxx