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THE COURAGEOUS CLASS Q&A: LIYA KEBEDE

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What message do you want to share with the world?

I want to see every mother thrive, and that starts with her having access to health care during pregnancy and childbirth. Each year, nearly 300,000 women die from preventable complications largely because there are no skilled midwives, doctors, and equipped health care facilities nearby. Most deaths occur in Africa and other developing regions. This is an inequality we can’t ignore because when a mom is lost, her family is less likely to be healthy, educated, and well employed, which deepens the cycle of poverty. This is why making maternal health care available to all women needs to be at the top of the social agenda everywhere.

How do you LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD?

I use the platform I have through fashion and modeling to promote safe motherhood. For the last 10 years, I have been advocating to raise awareness and funds to train health workers to care for moms and their families in some of the most underserved areas in the world.

What people and/or events inspired you to do the work that you do today?

Every day mothers, health workers, health volunteers, and advocates are fighting for better care where they live. They inspire my work. When I see this kind of dedication I know anything is possible.

What advice do you have for people trying courageously to change the world?

No act of giving is too small. It matters and it multiplies to make an important impact.

How can others get involved with your community?

We’re working with a top non-profit partner, Amref Health Africa, on a campaign called “Stand up for African Mothers” with the goal of raising resources to train 15,000 midwives who could care for over 7 million women in Africa. Learn more about the campaign and consider making a donation at lkfound.org

THE LIYA KEBEDE FOUNDATION

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