Half a million women die each year from largely preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. That's one woman every minute of every day, and these deaths disproportionately afflict the most vulnerable women and children in the poorest countries. CARE believes it is past time to change these tragic statistics. It is time to recognize that progress against poverty will be thwarted as long as women are dying in the most productive years of their lives. It is time to honor and fulfill all human rights equally.