Changemaker:Rima Jolivet

Location:United States

I am playing my part for reproductive and maternal healthcare by working with the White Ribbon Alliance to bring together multiple perspectives and voices on what matters in maternal health to drive optimal maternal health and survival.

Elevating respectful maternity care and experiences of care and bringing women’s voices into the spotlight has always been what the White Ribbon Alliance does better than anyone else that I know.

My name is Rima Jolivet. I am a midwife and an advocate for women’s health and rights, with a longstanding relationship with White Ribbon Alliance, including by working together on the creation and global rollout of the Respectful Maternity Care Charter. The work done on the RMC Charter has been so timely and reflects the White Ribbon Alliance’s way of working in the world: by bringing together multiple perspectives and voices in a very egalitarian way, everyone can come together to play their part for maternal healthcare.  The Charter’s creation was very catalytic in terms of the impact that it had worldwide, not only on maternal health but even well beyond maternity care.

Elevating respectful maternity care and experiences of care and bringing women’s voices into the spotlight has always been what the White Ribbon Alliance does better than anyone else that I know. It is just always so meaningful to see how issues of maternal health resonate across all the National Alliances and across different countries; the issues we must all deal with when improving maternal healthcare in our countries are both unique and universal.

I am really grateful for the White Ribbon Alliance in the world I am so pleased that it continues to thrive and be there to drive improvement for women in societies. I think the skills White Ribbon Alliance members bring to the world, this way of working, are so unusual and are so valuable to have. It is not programmatic work that is dictated by other incentives, whether it be funding incentives or organization priorities or somebody else’s idea of what is important, but instead people can decide for themselves what is important and have a platform and a vehicle for making their voices heard.

Thank youRima Jolivet

for playing your part.

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