White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. The symposium was hosted by Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington, and Donna Karan and brought women from the politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts together to focus on the theme “Women Inspiring Women” and direct energy towards women’s issues in the wake of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit. Although tuberculosis is the third leading cause of death for women of reproductive age, it is rarely thought of as a ‘women’s issue’. During the course of the day I had the pleasure of meeting women who worked in a variety of areas, from finance to maternal health. Each woman I met voiced a concern that the MDGs would not be met if issues affecting women were ignored. MDG 5 (a reduction in maternal deaths) was a good starting point to address women’s issues; however we must broaden our scope to include education, disease and economic empowerment.
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