Stories of Mothers Lost Exhibit on Display in Lane Hall Gallery

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color photo of quilt by Fatema Begum, Bangladesh
color photo of quilt by Fatema Begum, Bangladesh

Handmade Quilts From Around The World Call Attention To Maternal Mortality

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 supplied by the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice. The exhibit is hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and will be on display in Lane Hall for public viewing weekdays from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. through December 11, 2015.

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, located at 204 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

For more information, visit https://lsa.umich.edu/women/resources/exhibit-space.html.

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