In the world's poorest countries, mothers risk their lives giving birth. And women and girls bear the greatest burden when it comes to all issues that contribute to poverty and poor health. Every year, an estimated 358,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth and 8.1 million children die before their fifth birthday.
Can blogging the stories of women and the challenges they face in the developing world turn empathy to action here? Three organizations, ONE, Women Deliver, and Vestergaard Frandsen set out to prove that social media can be a powerful tool to educate, inform, inspire, and make real change on issues like HIV/AIDS, maternal health, child health, clean water, environmental sustainability, and more.
On September 22, join us for an evening of lively discussion on how to connect a passion for blogging to women's health and development. Featured panelists will include:
- Emily McKhann, co-founder of http://www.TheMotherhood.com & "It Only Takes ONE Mom" participant
- Jennifer James, creator of the Mom Bloggers Club and participant in the "It Only Takes ONE Mom" campaign
- Rachel Cernansky, blogger for Treehugger.com and winner of Women Bloggers Deliver campaign to Kenya
- Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach at Women Deliver
- Elisabeth Willhelm, New Media specialist at Vestergaard Frandsen
- Brian Reich, Senior Vice President & Global Editor for Edelman & author of Shift & Reset
The evening will also include an exclusive premier of mini-films from ONE and Vestergaard Frandsen about the experiences of their featured bloggers and the compelling stories of the women they met.
Thursday, September 22
6:30 - 9:00 pm ET The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) New York City
Open bar and hors d'oeuvres will follow the panel discussion and film screening.