The Women's Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender host two exhibits per year in the main lobby of Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street. The exhibits, broadly related to issues of women and gender, are available for public viewing Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.
Stories of Mothers Lost. The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Fatema Begum, quilt from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Bangladesh & MotherNewBorNet
Every minute of every day, a woman dies of pregnancy related complications. Stories of Mothers Lost, an exhibit of handmade quilts from around the world now on display in Lane Hall, memorializes some of these women.
The exhibit was initiated by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA), a non-profit membership based organization, whose goal is to reduce rates of maternal and child mortality. The initiative to obtain these stories was made possible by a United Nations Population Fund grant to the WRA. Following a global call, there was an overwhelming response of 120 panels from 46 organizations. Stories of Mothers Lost - a collection of internationally sourced, hand crafted panels commemorating mothers lost – allows families to express grief and also plays a powerful role as a mechanism for advocacy and communication on an issue that transcends country borders and impacts us all.
Stories of Mothers Lost is provided by the UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. The exhibit is hosted by the Women’s Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Stories of Mothers Lost is in Lane Hall through December 11, 2015.
Please click on thumbnail images below to see some quilts from the exhibit.