Greetings OYFF Community!
Last month, we kicked off International Women's Day with a terrific social media campaign to raise awareness of birth/first mothers and celebrate this important event for women globally. I was also honored to attend the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City and am excited to report back to you my findings and insights.
As one of 8,000 delegates from all parts of the world, I witnessed panel discussions and joined many conversations centered on the economic empowerment of women. When representatives from Zimbabwe to Norway shared their country's realities, I was struck by how relevant OYFF programs are to the global experiences of women.
During the opening ceremony, the new UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, spoke of how we are all better off when we open doors for women and girls and how these investments last generations. Indeed, our work supporting and empowering birth/first mothers is an investment in the future of not only our clients, but also the families and communities we serve.
Every one of the other delegates I met was impressed with On Your Feet Foundation's unique model for supporting birth/first mothers and reported that no such services existed in their countries. As a community, we should take pride in the impact our unique program has on birth/first mothers. We should also know that we still have many more birth/first mothers to reach. With that in mind, this year our goal is to expand our services to the rest of California.
I hope you will join us at an OYFF event this year as we continue to open doors for birth/first mothers!