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International Day of the Midwife! ”Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights”

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International Day of the Midwife ! ”Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights”

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) leads global recognition and celebration of the work of midwives, The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May. The theme for 2019 is: ”Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights”.

This year’s theme resonates with the second of ICM’s three Strategic Directions, established in the 2017-2020 Strategy as Quality, Equity, Leadership. ‘Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights’ is significant in highlighting the vital role that midwives play in protecting the rights of women, girls and midwives by ensuring they can exercise their full human rights, particularly their reproductive and sexual health rights in their communities and countries of practice.


On May 5th each year, midwives, women, girls, partners and supporters of midwives and midwifery globally come together to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife with their own activities, driven by one strong collective voice.

  • Inform everyone with an interest in health and justice that midwives are crucial to reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality
  • Celebrate the achievements of midwives and their contribution to improving sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health outcomes
  • Motivate policymakers to implement change by lobbying for adequate midwifery resources and recognition of the unique professional role of midwives


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