Following Annie Lennox's visit to Malawi and the “Make It Happen” petition, have published an article written by the singer and activist discussing the issue of reproductive rights.

“Every day 800 women and girls lose their lives in childbirth or during pregnancy,” wrote Annie. "To feel the true weight of what this means, we have only to look back to past generations of our own families, or draw on the pain each of us feels at the loss of someone we love.

“Next month, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and their fellow members of a UN task force will present a report to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that could mean life or death for thousands of women in the developing world.

“We believe the task force and the Secretary General will do the right thing, and urge world leaders to commit sufficient resources and budgets to give women the ability to choose when they have children, and how many they will have. But that’s not where it should end.

“The report alone will not ensure that the rights of women are protected as leaders work to shape the development objectives that will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.”

To read Annie’s full post, click here.

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