Pray. Educate. Advocate.
More than 350,000 women and girls die every year as a result of preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth, most of them in developing countries.
Improving maternal health and universal access to family planning could prevent up to one third of these deaths.
Raise awareness and support for women around the world by observing a Rachel Sabbath for International Women’s Day or Mother’s Day in your congregation.
This could be as simple as including a prayer of the day in worship, or could include a sermon and/or religious education on maternal health and mortality. There are many resources available here to help worship leaders, religious educators, and social action committees draw attention to global maternal health and access to family planning.
Click here for our packet of resources celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011. See below for other resources.
Pray. Worship Resources
Advocate. Social Action Resources
Why do we call this a Rachel Sabbath? Read Rachel’s Story here.