Welcome WRA's Newest Members

Welcome WRA's Newest Members

Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your web browser White Ribbon Alliance is so excited to share that we have welcomed four new members to the Alliance! These four organizations bring strong expertise in the areas of maternal and newborn health (MNH), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), gender equality, youth engagement, and more. They are fierce advocates for women's health and rights at the local, national, and international levels and we’re looking forward to partnering with them in pursuit of a gender-equal world, where every woman and girl determines her own health, well-being, and potential. Keep reading to learn more about the amazing work our partners are doing around the world and help them continue their good work with a direct donation! As one of the first doula organizations in Egypt, YourEgyptianDoula offers birth services to expecting families in Cairo, Egypt. They help expecting parents understand their rights to have an empowered birth experience because every family deserves high-quality, patient-centered, and evidence-informed healthcare. YourEgyptianDoula also conducts advocacy activities and campaigns. In 2020, they published the first-ever peer-reviewed publication on obstetric violence in Egypt and surrounding regions. In 2021, their week-long, multi-platform, multi-partner social media campaign engaged hundreds of thousands of women against obstetric violence, advocating for birthing people’s rights of bodily autonomy, informed consent and choices, companionship in childbirth, and more. In 2022, the organization joined policymakers and others to launch the first national initiative on Ending Obstetric Violence in Egypt.  YourEgyptianDoula also launched project RAHMY: Respectful Abuse-free Humanized Motherhood through Youth-Empowerment – introducing Shared Decision Making (SDM) as a tool in Respectful Maternal Care (RMC), to equip different decision-makers and health workers with best practices for improving quality and patient-centered SRHR services for young mothers during COVID-19, and beyond. YourEgyptianDoula is honored to be the first White Ribbon Alliance affiliate in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region and hopes to expand their capacity and further their local and regional impacts in eliminating obstetric violence across the Region. Merette Khalil, MScPH [she/her] is a multi-lingual health systems researcher, gender and sexual reproductive health and rights advocate, feminist, doula, and birth educator who is passionate about ensuring the right to health for all. Merette is a specialist in obstetric violence, with her Master of Science in Public Health from the KIT Royal Tropical Institute. Centre for Health Development and Research (CEHDAR) is a Ghanaian health systems strengthening NGO dedicated to building sustainable health systems, projects, and programs locally and internationally. CEHDAR works to build professional capacity and leadership to ensure quality and equitable health systems, globally. As a team, CEHDAR creates an exceptional mix of capabilities to address current challenges in health care programming. As health care systems continue to evolve, CEHDAR stands committed to the principles of passion, mutual respect, innovation, accountability, excellence, and teamwork. CEHDAR’s work is grounded in evidence with a focus on developing the capacities of health professionals, health communities, and populations towards improved health care services through continual engagement with partners and stakeholders. CEHDAR was one of WRA's Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Demands campaign partners and helped collect more than 10,000 responses from midwives in Ghana! Take a look at what midwives are asking for in WRA's Interactive Dashboard! A Japan-based NGO, JOICFP is active in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality, and women’s empowerment. JOICFP strives to improve the health status of women, girls, and vulnerable groups around the world who are too often left behind. Celebrating more than 50 years since its establishment in 1968, JOICFP has spread its activities to 42 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, where communities remain central to all efforts. JOICFP envisions and is inspired by a world in which individuals and families have their basic human needs fulfilled, including SRHR, and where people enjoy good health and fulfill their potential based on dignity and equality. JOICFP is an international collaborative partner of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and proudly serves as its Tokyo Liaison Office. Each year, JOICFP organizes a White Ribbon Run on International Women’s Day, which brings close to 4,000 people to “run for yourself, and for someone else.” This past March, JOICFP's White Ribbon Run reached over 3,500 people from 14 countries. Participants had the option of joining the in-person run or engaging in a series of virtual activities. A portion of the money raised will go towards JOICFP’s project in Kenya with adolescent girls – raising awareness around SRHR, ending gender-based violence, and providing education around the prevention of STDs, AIDS, and cervical cancer. Maternity Today is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for women’s health and rights in the areas of maternal health, sexual and adolescent health, gender-based violence, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and improving the midwifery profession and institutional delivery.  Maternity Today engages the Canadian public, international stakeholders, and key policymakers in the four pillars of its work: health equity, digital intervention in maternal health, intersectionality of maternal and sexual health, and policy advocacy. They also share evidence and resources with communities, healthcare workers, and midwives across Canada and developing countries. Maternity Today receives support from health experts and midwives around the world, empowering passionate health professionals to advocate for improved policies that enhance the quality of maternal and child healthcare in developing countries. Maternity Today was one of WRA's Midwives' Voices, Midwives' Demands campaign partners and helped collect responses from midwives across Canada and Ethiopia! Take a look at what midwives are asking for!

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