On June 11-13, 2006 women leaders from around the globe – including heads of state, leading advocates for children, philanthropic leaders and Nobel Laureates – gathered at the Dead Sea in Jordan for a three-day conferenceto address the critical issues of maternal and newborn mortality and accessto education for girls, the president press office reported.

The conference, entitled Mobilizing for Action, washeld under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and organized by the National Council for Family affairs (NCFA) in Jordan and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in the United States. Its goal was to determine the most effective way to turn the tide on maternal and newborn mortality and to ensure that girls everywhere have access to education.

Нer Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah spoke at a Sunday opening ceremony on June 11.

The conference also marked the launch of the Global Women’s Action Network for Children, a new international advocacy group led by prominent women around the world dedicated to identifying, funding and supporting programs to help women, girls, and infants.

Other conference participants included: the First Ladies of Ukraine, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Rwanda, Zambia, Mauritania; Former President of Ireland and UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson; Carol Bellamy, President, World Learning, former Director of UNISEF;a group pf Nobel Prize Laureates, including Betty Williams, Jody Williams and Dr. Shirin Ebady

Kateryna Yushchenko addressed the conference on the health effects of Chernobyl and Ukraine’s progress toward the achievement of its Millennium Development Goals.

Every minute somewhere in the world a mother dies during pregnancy or childbirth; every hour 450 newborn babies die; every three seconds a child under five dies. Added together, that is more than 11 million women and children dying each year from mostly preventative causes. More than 100 million children across the globe do not attend school. The majority of them are girls.

Invited by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Kateryna Yushchenko visited Dar Al Aman (Safe House), a facility for children whose parents are deprived of parental rights, andthe Royal Family Center, where girls and future mothers are taught to bring up children.

Then the President’s wife met with Princess Basma Bint Talal, Head of the Board of Trustees of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development. They spoke about their charitable experience.


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