FCI hosts Latin American women leaders' conference to fight maternal death
On May 27 and 28, 2010 in Lima, Peru, FCI’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) program co-hosted a Regional Conference of Women Leaders, bringing together more than 80 high-level leaders from government, regional and international agencies, and civil society organizations throughout the region. This conference, organized by the Regional Taskforce on Maternal Mortality Reduction (Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna — GTR), focused on the theme: Maternal death: breaking the silence, adding our voices. The conference report includes key presentations and statements, as well as a the final declaration of commitment, in which participants called for mobilization of financial resources and political will to prevent preventable maternal deaths in the region.
It aimed to mobilize political commitment and financial resources for ending the preventable maternal deaths that occur every day in countries throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. The conference agenda highlighted the importance of investing in women as a key engine of social and economic development, and its conclusions were used to bring a powerful regional perspective to the Women Deliver conference, which took place in Washington, DC a month later.
The conference also featured the inaugural display of an exhibition — Vínculos Vitales/Touched — by photographer Joey O’Loughlin, organized by FCI on behalf of the Andean Plan to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy, an initiative of the ministries of health of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ibero-American Youth Organization, and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development. This display of poignant and inspiring images reveals the challenges that teenagers in the Andean region face every day, the difficult choices they make, and the people who are committed to changing their lives and expanding their opportunities. They illuminate the pervasive and multifaceted problem of adolescent pregnancy: one that can only be solved by adults and young people working together. This powerful photographic exhibition was also displayed at the Women Deliver conference, and can be viewed as an online slideshow.