In certain ways, the world is moving backwards when it comes to dealing with women and pregnancy. Some call it “maternoinfantilism” – treating pregnant women like children who need looking after and at the same time, as if their only role in life is to have babies. Today, in much of the literature, all pregnant women are called “mothers” whether they’ve ever had a baby or not. Yet pregnancy has more than one outcome and is not only about women who “deliver”. It’s also about women who experience miscarriages, stillbirths, infant deaths, lack of access to contraception, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and lifelong obstetric, reproductive and sexual morbidity.

Yet these are nearly invisible in PMNCH these days, and safe abortion – an integral part of women’s right to decide the number and spacing of their children – may be made invisible in the new family planning initiative as well. While there is nothing new in beatific visions of “mothers and babies”, it is surprising and disturbing how easily the terminology of women “giving” or “creating” life has crept into the language of UNFPA and WHO, public health agencies, shifting the focus away from women, and women’s health and rights.

The focus now is on maternal deaths as becoming a violation of the most basic human right of all – the right to life. The right of women to life. The papers are still about women dying in vain, and how horrific that is, and they still show that the poorest and the youngest women are the ones most at risk of dying as a consequence of gross negligence. But they aren’t only calling on someone else to do something about it any longer. Instead, they are about women and their communities, women’s health and human rights advocates and organisations, and more and more, about health professionals, governments and inter-governmental agencies taking action – to hold countries, governments, health services, themselves and each other to account.





International Council of Nurses (ICN)


ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress ---Equity and Access to Health Care  

Equidad y acceso a los cuidados de salud Équité et accès aux soins de santé

May 18-23, 2013

Melbourne, Australia

Nursing College,Hangzhou Normal University

Normal Labour and Birth: 7th International Research Conference

Conference Check-inOctober 25,2012

Conference Time: October 26-28,2012

Visiting Time: October 29-30,2012


International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)


24 - 26 August 2012 Wellington, New Zealand

NZ College of Midwives 12th Biennial National Conference

7-12 October 2012 Rome, Italy

XX FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and ObstetricsSubmit an Abstract

25-28 October, 2012 Hangzhou, China

Normal Labour and Birth - 7th International Research Conference Submit an Abstract

8-23 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia

25th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses


Internationale Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO)


2012 FIGO World Congress 

Fiera di Roma
Rome, Italy

 7-12 October 2012


Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health  (PMNCH)


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World Health Organization (WHO)

Annual events

World Cancer Day
4 February 2012
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
6 February 2012
International Women's Day
8 March 2012
World Water Day
22 March 2012
World TB Day
24 March 2012
World Health Day
7 April 2012
World Malaria Day
25 April 2012
World Immunization Week 2012
21–28 April 2012
World No Tobacco Day
31 May 2012
World Blood Donor Day
14 June 2012
World Hepatitis Day
28 July 2012
World Breastfeeding Week
1–7 August 2012
World Humanitarian Day
19 August 2012
World Suicide Prevention Day
10 September 2012
World Rabies Day
28 September 2012
World Heart Day
29 September 2012
World Mental Health Day
10 October 2012
World Sight Day
13 October 2012
World Pneumonia Day
12 November 2012
World Diabetes Day
14 November 2012
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
16 November 2012
World AIDS Day
1 December 2012
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2012
Human Rights Day
10 December 2012

Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System
Events and Meeting Reports

WHO Consultation and Information Meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for the Southern Hemisphere 2013

Sixth Meeting of National Influenza Centres and Influenza Surveillance in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions
June 2012


WHO Consultation and Information Meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere 2012-2013



United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Main Events Calendar

International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples
Date of event: 9 August 2012 - 9 August 2012
Location: Global

The focus of this year’s International Day is 'Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices'. The theme aims to highlight the importance of indigenous media in challenging stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples' identities, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political agenda.

International Youth Day
Date of event: 12 August 2012 - 12 August 2012
Location: Global

The theme chosen for International Youth Day 2012 – Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth – is a global call to action for young men and women, as well as other stakeholders around the world, to develop and engage in partnerships with and for youth towards building a better world.

Executive Board, Second Regular Session
Date of event: 4 September 2012 - 10 September 2012

Social Good Summit
Date of event: 22 September 2012 - 24 September 2012
Location: Global

Held during UN Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. This September, you are invited to join the conversation with leaders and citizens from around the globe.

International Day of Older Persons
Date of event: 1 October 2012 - 1 October 2012
Location: Global

International Day of the Girl Child
Date of event: 11 October 2012 - 11 October 2012
Location: Global

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Date of event: 25 November 2012 - 25 November 2012
Location: Global

World AIDS Day
Date of event: 1 December 2012 - 1 December 2012
Location: Worldwide

Human Rights Day
Date of event: 10 December 2012 - 10 December 2012
Location: Global



United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Calendar of Events - 2012

January 2012
7      Haiti Earthqake - 2 Year Anniversary
27   Humanitarian Action Report Launch

February 2012
6      International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
28   The State of the World's Children report

March 2012
TBC Launch of Global Monitoring Report 2012
22   World Water Day

April 2012
4      International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
7      World Health Day
25   World Malaria Day

May 2012
2-8  Global Action Week on Education
15    International Day of Families
22   International Day of Biodiversity

June 2012

12    World Day against Child Labour
16    Day of the African Child
20   World Refugee Day

July 2012
11    World Population Day
22-27  International AIDS Conference

August 2012
9     International Day of the World's Indigenous People
12   International Youth Day
19   World Humanitarian Day
21   World Water Week

September 2012
8     International Literacy Day
10-13 Executive Board Meeting: 2nd Regular Session

October 2012
5     World Teachers Day
15   Global Hand Washing Day
16   World Food Day
17   International Day for Eradication of Poverty
24  United Nations Day

November 2012
6     International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict
20  23rd Anniversary for Convention on the Rights of the Child
20  Universal Children's Day
26  Climate Change Conference – COP 18

December 2012
1     World AIDS Day
3    International Day of Persons with Disabilities
10  Human Rights Day



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