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Oxfam and ‘Take One Action’ present Christy Turlington Burns’s directorial debut

To mark 100 years of International Women’s Day, Oxfam and ‘Take One Action’ will be hosting the Scottish premiere of Christy Turlington Burns’s directorial debut ‘No Woman, No Cry’ this Sunday (March 13).

The film, inspired by the expert care Christy received when she suffered a serious complication just after the birth of her first child, highlights the fact that more than half a million women die each year because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

‘No Woman, No Cry’ looks at this issue through the eyes of four women from different countries who are ‘at risk of becoming a mortality statistic’. As well as highlighting the problems they face, it also presents the powerful message that every mother counts and is intended to inspire the audience into raising awareness of these forgotten women.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Bregje de Kok from the Institute for International Health & Development at Queen Margaret University and Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland.

Wendy Ball, Take One Action trustee, will chair the event.

Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland, who will be on the discussion panel, said:

“One woman dies every minute as a result of problems in pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths are avoidable. That’s why maternal health is such a big issue for Oxfam and we are delighted to be co-hosting this film, which I’d encourage everyone to come along and see.”

Anyone who cannot make it along to the screening, but who wants to find out more about the issues can visit www.oxfam.org.uk/healthandeducation

They can also take Oxfam’s Mother’s Day action which is calling for free healthcare for pregnant mothers: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/campaign/activists/mothers_day.html

The film will be shown at 6pm at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh on Sunday March 13. Tickets cost £7.50/£5.50 and can be purchased online at www.filmhousecinema.com or by phoning 0131 228 2688

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