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Video: ‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

“Mother” Robin Lim, a powerhouse midwife and maternal/child health advocate, was named a “CNN Hero” for her prenatal and birthing care clinics in Indonesia.  You can help her raise funds to build a new clinic by supporting Every Mother Counts in the Firefox challenge!

‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia
By Ebonne Ruffins, CNN

Bali, Indonesia (CNN) — At dawn, two women rise after sleeping on mats outside an Indonesian hospital.

They’ve waited all night for a chance to see their newborn babies, whom the hospital is holding until the medical bills are paid in full.

“Holding babies until payment is common in Indonesia,” said Robin Lim, a midwife who founded birthing clinics in Aceh and the island of Bali.

At this particular hospital in Bali, mothers who don’t pay are allowed in twice a day to feed their baby and change their baby’s diaper. Those fortunate enough to find the money may take their babies home. Others might relinquish their parental rights and place their babies up for adoption, Lim explained.

“You worry, ‘Will I be able to deliver this baby safely into the world?’ But you shouldn’t have to worry, ‘How will I pay for it?’ ” said Lim, 54.

“Mother Robin,” or “Ibu Robin” as she is called by the locals, is working to change that with her Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics. These birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it.

Read the CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/10/cnnheroes.lim.midwife/index.html

Donate to EMC in the Firefox Challenge: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me”

Here’s a fascinating article with video from CNN on Iraqi women’s rights activist Noof Assi.

Iraqi activist: Baghdad betrayed me

By Arwa Damon, CNN

September 12, 2011 — Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT)

“The heading on 21-year-old Noof Assi’s blog page is the classic Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

She is often at the forefront of demonstrations in Iraq demanding basic services and reforms — but her road from child to activist has been dogged by bloodshed and violence.

She said: “I have to be the change, not to change people and stay the same. So I did it, I am trying to do it. I am not the girl that goes to the protests from the beginning with the boys, all this stuff.”

Noof is a fabric design major turned activist and blogger, working at the human rights group, al-Amal, which means hope.

She shows us what she wrote a few years ago. “I dream to sleep without painkillers. I dream to wake up in a home that gives me love and hope, not to end up in a grave.””

Read more and watch the video: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/09/09/9.11.iraq/

October 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Women leading change in Liberia

“In Liberia, where rape surpasses even armed robbery as the most reported crime — and some 40% of all victims are under the age of 12 — women are attempting to reverse a legacy of discrimination and abuse, in part, with the assistance of UN Women. ‘The biggest challenge is education for women and it is the biggest tool for empowerment, and that’s what we are trying to address,’ said Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president in an African country.”

Read more (& video): http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/10/liberia.women/

March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

India: Grandmothers electrify rural communities

“Turning grandmothers into solar engineers is one of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy’s favorite jobs.

Roy is the social entrepreneur and founder of the Barefoot College and has been championing a bottom-up approach to education and empowering rural poor since 1972.”

My favorite quote from Bunker: “[W]hy not invest in women, older women, mature women, gutsy women who have roots in the village and train them?”

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/01/24/barefoot.college.india/index.html?iref=obinsite#

March 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1 comment


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