Midwives in Focus is an initiative to challenge perceptions and increase the value placed upon the midwifery profession on a global scale.
Investment in midwives can contribute substantially to achieving the global sustainable development goals. The State of the World’s Midwifery report 2021 (SoWMy2021) calls for specific investment in Midwifery leadership. According to the SoWMy2021, there are limited opportunities for midwives to hold leadership positions, and the scarcity of women who are role models in leadership positions hinder midwives’ career advancement and their ability to work to their full potential. Furthermore, the WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-2025) calls to increase the proportion and authority of midwives in senior health and academic positions and continually develop the next generation of midwifery leaders.
The Midwives in Focus initiative will address the specific calls outlined by the SoWMy2021 and WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-2025).