“The Diplomatic Council invited Zero Mothers Die to their annual All Nations New Year’s Gala 2015 at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt as one of the 150 guests from diplomacy, economy and society. Our co-founder, Dr. Veronique Thouvenot, attended on behalf of the Zero Mothers Die initiative, which was highlighted at the Gala as a key social and humanitarian project supported by the Diplomatic Council” more on the ZMD website:
Technology not only has the power to connect people, but also the power to reinforce and disseminate social and cultural structures and help normalize gender roles. The technology revolution has brought new types of gender-based violence, including online discrimination, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, blackmail, and hate speech. In countries such as South Africa, Uganda, the Republic of Congo, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Brazil active steps have been taken to improve regulatory frameworks and strengthen the capacity of women’s rights activists and organizations to use technology to respond to the growing concern of digital gender-based violence.
The International Journal of Bioethics has recently put together a special issue on Telemedicine. It includes the article of Dr. Véronique Inès Thouvenot , head of WeObservatory, on the global network of women in telemedicine WeTelemed. The article can be found in chapter 7 of the 2014/3 (Vol.25) issue or downloaded in French through cairn.info
The Women and Telemedicine Global Network (WeTelemed) has been initiated in April 2012, with the vision to constitute a Millennia2015 powerful demonstration of women empowerment in the arena of telemedicine through digital solidarity and gender equity. The overall objective is to stimulate more women to use advanced technologies and telemedicine, combined with innovative integrated collaborative leadership programs. The article describes the recent history of the network, its genesis and creation, illustrated by a selection of telemedicine initiatives conducted by women in developing countries with the ambition to reach isolated communities.
“Save our mothers” is one of the first projects selected by the WeObservatory. Nurse Ibe Chinomso and her Traffina Foundation have since gone a long way from conducting basic educational campaigns to launching now the “Clean Birth Kits” initiative. With the support from the WeObservatory and other partners the Traffina Foundation is able to provide free delivery kits containing sterile instruments that women require at childbirth.
Ibe Chinomso was recently invited to talk about Traffina Foundation’s activities and present the Clean Birth Kits at the National Newborn Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria that took place this past October.
“Give mothers a chance !” – says Dr. Véronique Thouvenot while presenting the Zero Mothers Die project during the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon in New York, where the picture above was taken. At her side, another co-founder of ZMD, Jordi Serrano Pons.
Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory and one of the co-founders of Zero Mothers Die, has recently spent an entire week attending numerous events in NY dedicated to global health challenges, mHealth and Women’s health (see previous post).
The highlight of the week was the official launch of Zero Mothers Die by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the Women Leaders Forum inside the UN Headquarter during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. The Mum’s Phone, a unique $30 mobile phone designed for pregnant women, was launched as a key element of ZMD to highlight the need for technology to empower pregnant women themselves to access information and seek healthcare when needed. For a detailed summary of the event, please visit the ZMD official website.
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This past May, 2014, a round table on Innovation , and especially innovation and Women’s health, took place in Geneva.