Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham established 34 Million Friends in 2002

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Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham established 34 Million Friends of UNFPA in 2002 when the Bush Administration first announced they would withhold the $34 million that Congress allocated to UNFPA. Today the total amount of blocked funds stands at over $200 million.

The idea behind this project is to ask 34 million Americans to donate at least $1 and in turn, send a message that Americans support UNFPA.

UNFPA helps the most vulnerable women in the world plan their families, give birth safely, and protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. It promotes the rights of women by encouraging equal access to food, education, and healthcare. UNFPA works worldwide to eliminate gender-based violence including female genital cutting and rape used as a weapon of war. Show American support by becoming one of the 34 Million Friends and getting involved. People outside the United States (non-Americans) can donate at

Please spread the word far and wide.

Jane wrote a poem about 34 Million Friends that Liz Queler and Laurie Lewis wrote as a song now sung by music legend Odetta. See link above. Jane has also written a book called 34 Million Friends of the Women of the World.

There was a worldwide conference on Safe Motherhood in London October 18-20 2007. www.womendeliver.org Two thousand experts and policy makers on women's health came from around the globe to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. Sadly maternal mortality rates have remained relatively stagnant over that time. Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, said on the first morning that policy makers have to believe that women's rights are human rights. Surely surviving childbirth in the 21st century should be a human right.

The Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal put out a special edition for Women Deliver. On the front in big letters: "Since the human race began, women have delivered for society. It is time now for the world to deliver for women." Well said!



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