Merck Foundation CEO talks about their efforts to empower women and youth.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 28 (Businesswire-India): I am very happy that we are marking the International Women's Day in Niger this day, with Her Excellency the First Lady of Niger, to underscore our long-term commitment to empowering women in Niger and across Africa through Merck more than a mother.
It is hard to imagine that in the 21st-century women are still being abused and subject to violence, for their inability to bear children. This is unacceptable and must be changed, and we will work hard with all our partners to create this culture shift and emphasize to everyone that women are more than just Mothers.
At Merck Foundation we do not mark women's day, which only on the 8th of March every year, but we celebrate women every day, empowering women is in the spirit of what we do, it is a part of Merck foundation's DNA.
Last year we celebrated the International women day in Liberia, with the First African Female President, H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is a role model for women across the world. She awarded Prof. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive board of E- Merck KG, with 'presidential medal of honor' for his support to empower women through Merck foundation's dedicated efforts. What a great honor.
This year we are pleased to mark International Women's Day with the First Lady of Niger, H.E. AissataMahamadou Issoufou, to appoint her as an ambassador of 'Merck More Than a Mother' and underscore our long-term commitment to empower Childless women in Niger and across Africa. It's a great privilege to be able to mark this day in the heart of Africa.
In October 2017, we launched Merck Foundation in Egypt with my friends, First Ladies of Chad, Niger, Guinea, Central African Republic and Chairperson of National Assembly of Namibia. They gracefully accepted to be ambassadors of 'Merck More Than a Mother' to empower infertile women in their countries.
In November 2017, we celebrated empowering African women Researchers in STEM through our fourth edition of UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit MARS 2017, an annual conference of MERCK STEM program for women.
In Jan 2018, we signed an MOU with the organization of African First ladies to mark Merck foundation's partnership with them to empower childless women and women cancer survivors and build healthcare capacity in their countries.
I have also visited childless women in Uganda to celebrate their success and new lives of dignity and independence after Merck more than a Mother intervention, they finally found their purpose in life after many years of suffering from infertility stigma and the discrimination and abuse that comes with it.
In Feb 2018, I have visited the Gambia, where Merck foundation together with the First Lady of The Gambia, H.E. Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow encouraged the infertile and childless women in the Gambia and acknowledged them as 'Merck More Than a Mother' heroines for their courage to share their stories of suffering with all of us. We will set up small businesses to enable them to become independent; we will also train the first fertility specialists in the Gambia, where we make history, for the first time the Gambia will have qualified trained fertility specialists to help infertile couples and hence save these women from this stigma.
We empower women, childless women who suffered the stigma of infertility all their lives, and we support them through 'Merck More Than a Mother' campaign by improving their access to information, health, change of mindset and economic empowerment.
We empower women across Africa and developing countries, Childless women through Merck More than a Mother. women like, Jackeline, Berna, Grace and more than 1000 other women from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cote D'Ivoire and more, have benefited from the "Empowering Berna". As part of this campaign, Merck Foundation established the small businesses for them so they can have a steady income and become independent and happier.
We also empower Cancer women survivors through 'Merck more than a Patient', women like Margaret Syndigate.info ).
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|Publication:||Asian News International|
|Date:||Mar 28, 2018|
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