The Motherhood photography exhibit, a series of photographs taken in 16 countries around the world by Spanish photojournalist Bru Rovira, can be viewed from 28 through 30 September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture of the Organization of American States (OAS), 17th Street NW and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
The official inauguration, on September 27, will be presided over by Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain, director of the International Cooperation Program of the La Caixa Foundation; Marcela Suazo, regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and secretary of the Regional Working Group on Maternal Mortality; and Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The photographs in the exhibit, a project of the Spanish Foundation “La Caixa”, reflect different situations where there is one common sentiment: motherhood.
The opening of the exhibit coincides with the launch of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, which urges the countries of the Americas to renew their commitment and efforts to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 by reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health by the year 2015.
The Initiative is being promoted by PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the International Confederation of Midwives.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, maternal mortality has been reduced by 41 percent between 1990 and 2008, but faster progress is needed to achieve the 75 percent reduction target set by 189 countries around the world.