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May 09, 2014. By

Mothers are powerful, and on Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms who impact our lives and work tirelessly to change the world. The United Nations Foundation knows how important mothers are in promoting prosperity, success, and growth in communities around the world. We support the United Nations every day in its effort to provide mothers the resources they need to lead healthy, happy lives.

Here are 5 things to remember this Mother’s Day, starting with words of wisdom from Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media:

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Global issues, such as education, infant and maternal mortality, and security risks impact mothers and fathers around the world. When mothers are healthy and empowered, their families, communities, and countries benefit. Movements like the UN’s Every Women Every Child initiative help empower women by addressing health care needs.

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This year, Moms +SocialGood – a convening of the brightest and most passionate people working to improve child, maternal, and reproductive health — highlighted the unbelievable impact moms can have to drive positive change through social media. The conversation on #GlobalMoms reached millions of people online, helping show that nothing can stop mothers determined to change the world!

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Motherhood is universal because “Nothing binds us together as a global community as much as the creation of life,” as Olivia Wilde recently reminded us.

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No matter who we are or where we’re from, we all want our children to be secure, happy, and healthy. This shared goal makes mothers an extremely powerful force for change. Moms everywhere inspire us to help support the UN as they work to create a better world.

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Moms around the world stand up every day to ensure their children have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Girls and women around the world are often denied access to basic rights like education. It is proven that communities benefit when girls and women have education opportunities.

Every girl has the right to education. Atrocities like the recent kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria serve as a pressing and inescapable call to action for every individual around the world. The world must do all it can to ensure safety and security for girls in Nigeria and girls everywhere. This Mother’s Day remember that moms play a crucial role in ensuring these rights. We stand with mothers, fathers, children, and individuals around the world in demanding an immediate release of the girls in Nigeria.

This Mother’s Day, let’s honor the power and passion of mothers to create change in the world, and let’s join them in building a better future for our children.

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