Changemaker:Tina Ravi

Location:India

I’m playing my part for reproductive and maternal healthcare by advocating for dignity and respect as a non-negotiable component of maternal care services.

WRA India has carved a niche by establishing itself as a respected voice when it comes to advocating for improved maternal health outcomes for women in India.

My name is Tina Ravi and I am from New Delhi, India. I have been part of White Ribbon Alliance India since its inception in India in 1999. More recently, I have been the Program Manager for the Respectful Maternity Care program, which has proved to be the torchbearer in tackling the disrespect and abuse that women face during maternity care services in India.

In addition to milestones such as getting the government to declare April 11 as the National Safe Motherhood Day and the What Women Want campaign, White Ribbon Alliance India’s greatest achievement has been the ability to keep the conversation around maternal health alive and relevant. We have been able to evolve with time, from the initial focus on reducing the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in India, to getting the community involved through campaigns such as Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BPCR) and through public hearings, to initiating a conversation on quality of care, especially respectful maternity care, to being the go-to for the government of India on all things related to maternal health.

Over the past 20 years, WRA India has carved a niche by establishing itself as a respected voice when it comes to advocating for improved maternal health outcomes for women in India.  Social mobilization campaigns such as What Women Want, which originated in India, gave women a chance to speak out and have their voices heard.  More recently, WRA India’s advocacy for Respectful Maternity Care successfully centered respectful care as a Quality of Care component, positioning RMC in the center of the Indian government’s maternal health policies and programs.  

In the future, I am excited to see the White Ribbon Alliance movement grow even further, across more countries, so that together we can give voice to millions of women and girls all over the world.

Thank youTina Ravi

for playing your part.

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