"No Woman, No Cry” Tackles Maternal Mortality
(Concord, NH, March 22, 2012) Fashion icon and film maker Christy Turlington Burns will present her film, “No Woman, No Cry “at Concord High School in the Christa McAuliffe Auditorium on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7pm. “No Woman, No Cry” is a riveting documentary that follows four women in four countries including the United States, as they struggle to avoid adding to the grim maternal mortality statistics. This film has been selected as a feature presentation for The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s annual convention this summer.
Turlington Burns’ appearance is part of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice’s ongoing film series focusing on human rights around the world.
"When Hillary Clinton said in Beijing, 'human rights are women's rights - and women's rights are human rights,' she elucidated for all of us the profound link between a decent and hopeful future for women and a productive and prosperous future for society,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation. “In this powerful documentary we are reminded how far we have to go in achieving these goals."
Turlington Burns, who faced her own sense of mortality after the difficult delivery of her daughter, has dedicated her life to improving access to adequate health care for women around the world. She is the founder of Every Mother Counts, an advocacy campaign to increase support for maternal and child health.
“I am very honored that the Lantos Foundation for Humans Rights has selected No Woman, No Cry to be part of their ongoing film series focusing on human rights,” said Christy Turlington Burns, director/producer and founder of Every Mother Counts. “I hope the film will illustrate to the Concord community the challenges so many women around the world face in accessing maternal health care at critical times during their reproductive lives. It is a human rights injustice to allow women to die while bringing life into the world when we know how to prevent most of these senseless deaths. Educating an empowered community like this one can bring about lasting social change.”
Following the presentation Turlington Burns will join in a panel discussion with Dr. Barry D. Smith, former chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and current President of the New England OB/GYN Society and Katrina Lantos Swett.
Following the film and discussion, there will a reception.
Tickets are $20 and available through Red River Theatres or at the door the night of the event at Concord High School.