A Mother’s Monument: Honoring mothers and those who protect them by raising awareness of the multiple causes of maternal mortality.
Maternal Mortality remains one of the most devastating and preventable tragedies of our day. The purpose of this monument is to honor those who have lost their lives, by raising awareness about the numerous contributing factors of maternal deaths, and helping to improve those conditions.
It is estimated that upwards of 90% of all maternal deaths are preventable. However, preventable does not mean easily resolved. Governments, NGO’s and philanthropic organizations are increasingly more aware that solving maternal mortality requires a multidimensional approach addressing the status of women within each society. Researchers have identified many varied causes of maternal mortality including access to appropriate training and technology but also a connection to early marriage practices, poverty, education, and domestic violence.
As we become more aware of the connections between a mother’s health and the attitudes of nations towards women we can being to truly eliminate these unnecessary and tragic deaths.
We at A Mother’s Monument wish to build a monument to honor those women who have died in childbirth, and stand as a tribute to their sacrifice and as a reminder of our obligation to protect the mothers of the world.
On this website you can view the status of mothers in each country around the world, view the progress to be made and understanding better the interlocking mechanisms which diminish progress. You can also learn about organizations which work tirelessly to save women and children’s lives each day. Finally, A Mother’s Monument is also a forum for families to express their love and share their stories with the rest of the world. We share your grief. We must never forget the responsibility that rest on our shoulders to ensure the protection of our mothers.
Thank you for your interest in the monument.
Since the Age of Enlightenment philosophers have developed increasingly inclusive ideas about who and what is valuable to society.
For over two decades, individuals, organization and governments have been engaged in a monumental effort to eliminate maternal mortality and extend to each woman the equal protection of life and health. The vast majority of these efforts have been expended without the acknowledgment of the world, and are known only to the women they have saved and their God.
It is now time for the limited visibility of these efforts to come into focus. This monument is now erected to honor the twice consecrated sacrifice of those who give life, and those who protect it.
To the mothers and caretakers who have taken upon themselves valiantly, diligently and often without support or praise from the world, to raise up nations in the hope of a better life and peace they themselves have witnessed we pledge our continued support. May we honor their lives, sacrifice, and memory by rejoicing as they did in the prospect of life, hope, justice, and love for the one. May their example distill upon our souls and change our hearts, that we may make the world for which they yearned.