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A Mother’s Promise the World Must Keep
The 10th Anniversary of the Cairo Consensus

Ten years ago, the nations of the world came together in Cairo, Egypt and established a plan-of-action to ensure access to education, health care, family planning, and a clean environment for all the world’s citizens. Central to the commitment established in Cairo was a recognition of the pivotal role that women play in securing health and well-being for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Ten years later, however, new challenges – and politics – have compromised the power and energy of that historic meeting, slowing progress. In response, thousands of Americans have joined a campaign – A Mother’s Promise the World Must Keep – to ensure that our nation honors its commitment to work hand-in-hand with 178 other nations to promote women’s health and well-being, peace, and prosperity for all the world’s citizens.

You Can Help!
In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, please take a moment to visit and add your name to the petition calling upon the President and Congress to reaffirm the Cairo plan-of-action.

Why Action is Needed:
Ten years after the Cairo conference, the need to fulfill its promises is greater than ever:

  • Forty-two million people worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS, including 3.2 million children;
  • An estimated 515,000 women die every year – 98 percent of them in developing countries – as a result of pregnancy or childbirth;
  • For every maternal death that occurs worldwide, an additional 30 women – some 15 million annually – experience pregnancy-related health problems that often are serious and result in long-term disability;
  • An estimated 150 million women in developing countries say they would prefer to plan their families but are not using contraception, and another 350 million lack access to effective family-planning methods;
  • Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults around the world are women;
  • Girls account for over 60 percent of the 113 million children not enrolled in primary school worldwide;
  • An estimated one-quarter to one-half of the world’s women have been physically abused by a current or former partner, a devastating pattern that can lead not only to physical, sexual, or psychological harm, but also to such negative health consequences as HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, miscarriage, and infertility.
Executive Council February 2004: “call[ed] upon the President and the Congress of the United States to honor its commitments made in Cairo to improving women’s health, access to education and reproductive freedom, and by ensuring every child’s health and opportunity.”

Please sign the petition at and add your voice to the thousands calling upon the President and Congress to work with other nations to keep the promise of Cairo.

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