The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood     

Dear Global Leaders,

Every minute of every day a woman dies in pregnancy. That’s half a million women dying each year; over 80% of these deaths are avoidable. This is inexcusable and it has to stop now. You can help do this.We write to you, our leaders, on behalf of all women and me – please do what you can to put this issue at the top of the political agenda.

These shameful statistics have remained unchanged for 20 years. At this year’s G8 and the UN Secretary General’s MDG Summit, we insist on a breakthrough. Please, do what you can to help make it happen.

On behalf of us all. 
With urgent best wishes,
The Undersigned



Gwyneth Paltrow , Actress, USA.

Wendi Murdoch , Chief Strategist, Myspace, CHINA.

Yoko Ono , Artist, Peace Activist, JAPAN.

Elizabeth Edwards , Attorney, Campaigner, USA.

Christine Ockrent , Journalist, COO, FRANCE.

Emma Thompson , Actress, UK.

Leona Lewis , Singer, Songwriter, UK.

Christiane Amanpour , CNN Chief International Correspondent, USA.

Claudia Schiffer , UNICEF Ambassador, Supermodel, GERMANY.

Dame Judi Dench, Actress, UK.

Margherita Hack , Scientist, ITALY.

Annie Lennox , Singer, Songwriter, UK.

Mary Robinson , Pres, Realising Rights, Former President, IRELAND.

Claudie Haigneré , Astronaut and Advisor to ESA, FRANCE.

Elisabeth Murdoch , Chairman, CEO, Shine Group, UK/USA.

Christy Turlington , CARE Ambassador, Supermodel, USA.

Angelique , Musician, USA.

Donna Langley , President of Production, Universal Pictures

Kirsty Young , Broadcaster, UK.

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild , Pres & CEO, E.L. Rothschild Ltd, UK.

Misia , Singer, JAPAN.

Sarah Polley , Actress, Writer, Director, CANADA.

Liya Kebede , Actress, Model, WHO Goodwill Ambassador, ETHIOPIA.

Katja Riemann , Actress, GERMANY.

Fiorella Mannoia , Singer, Songwriter, ITALY.

Sarah McLachlan , Musician, CANADA.

Jamelia , Musician, UK.

Ali Hewson , Fashion Entrepreneur, IRELAND.

Gail Rebuck , Chairman and Chief Executive, Random House Group, UK.

Naomi Campbell , Model, UK.


Maureen A. McTeer , Lawyer, Author & Former First Lady, CANADA.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala , Managing Director, World Bank.

Anna Chancellor , Actress and Author.

Obiageli Ezekwesili , Vice President for the Africa Region – The World Bank Group.

Bience Gawanas , Commissioner of Social Affairs for the African Union.

Kim Samuel-Johnson , President, The Samuel Family Foundation.

Kelly Hoppen , Interior Designer, UK.

Maya Masai , Media Personality, JAPAN.

Djata Ilebou , Singer, BURKINA FASO.

Lorraine Candy , Editor-in-Chief of ELLE, UK.

Takuma Sato , F1 Race Driver, JAPAN

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Please join these inspirational women and men in signing the Advert below. Your name will be added to the thousands of women and men around the world who are uniting to say to leaders, ‘enough is enough‘. We can no longer ignore the needless deaths of millions of mothers and their newborns. Together we can change this; we can all play our part. 

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