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Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement
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The 1,000 days from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday are the most crucial for a child’s development. But many women around the world don’t have access to proper nutrition for themselves or their children. Without adequate nutrition during this critical period, children suffer permanent cognitive and physical delays.
Out of a deep sense of call, women of faith have joined to urge the U.S. government to maintain its commitment to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The Goals seek to improve nutrition, eradicate hunger, improve maternal health, and reduce child mortality by improving nutrition for women and children during this critical 1,000-day window. We are also calling on the U.S. government to support the 16 million children in the United States who are at risk of hunger.
How can you get involved?
Women of faith have pledged to engage in 1,000 conversations about maternal and child nutrition in 1,000 days. We want you to join the conversation! Here’s how to get involved, as well as resources to help you.
- “Like” our Facebook page and connect with other women who care about proper nutrition for mothers and children. Share stories about your conversations!
- Gather a group of friends, family, or church members and learn more about maternal and child nutrition.
- Write a letter to Congress asking that a circle of protection be formed around programs that support nutrition during this critical 1,000-day window. Here are some tips about what to say in your letter.
- As a group, pledge to engage in 1,000 conversations about maternal and child nutrition in 1,000 days. There are many ways to have a “conversation”— here are some ideas.
- Take a moment to fill out this form pledging to have as many conversations as you think your group can carry.
- Here are some resources to help you along the way. Check back periodically to see what’s new!
- New for Advent 2012: Mary's Story: Bible Study Guide on Maternal and Child Nutrition
- Download the full 1,000 Conversations Kit
- 1,000 Conversations to Improve Nutrition
- Maternal and Child Nutrition Fact Sheet
- Maternal and Child Nutrition is Critical. This sheet provides information for writing your member of Congress about protecting programs that support the 1,000-day window of opportunity.
- Information about Feed the Future and The Global Health Initiative
- Form for joining the movement
- Women of the ELCA Resolution on the 1,000 Days Initiative
- A flyer to promote Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement in your community
- Briefing papers on nutrition: Enabling and Equipping Women to Improve Nutrition, Improving Food Aid to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition, and Linking Nutrition and Health: Progress and Opportunities
- Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc.
- Leadership Conference of Women Religious
- Church Women United
- National Council of Catholic Women
- National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA-Women’s Ministries
- United Methodist Women
- Reformed Church in America Women’s Ministries
- Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
- Women’s Missionary Council of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- American Baptist Women's Ministries, ABCUSA
- Christian Connections for International Health
- The Episcopal Church
- National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- Women's Ministries Disciples of Christ
- Global Women's Project, Brethren Church