What is most sad to me is that as they are dying, the world is busy counting and reporting their deaths, yet very limited action is being taken to prevent them. This is despite the solutions being simple and well-known.
I am impatient because the statements above should not be the stories of the 21st
century. In both the MDG and SDG eras, I have heard countless commitments from global and national leaders. It’s the same old rhetoric, with what often feels like deliberate inaction by the people making them. The questions that strike me are:
Who are these commitments being made for?
Are they done sincerely and for the women or are they for visibility reasons?
Are those making them competing to impress and earn praise? Are they doing it for the news headlines?
If these billion-dollar commitments from countries the world over are for the women, why are they still dying today?
When will we stop praising the commitments while quietly ignoring the lack of follow through?
22 women will die in child birth in Kenya today. This number is likely to be three times higher in Sierra Leone—and most likely eight times higher in South Sudan! I am impatient because those in power are not acting fast enough to end this carnage.