What is a WRA National Alliance?
The National Alliances of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood ® are autonomous alliances which are affiliated with the Global WRA in agreement with the WRA mission, vision, and principles, with the rights and responsibilities stated in the WRA National Alliance Affiliation Agreement, and with approval of the WRA Board of Directors.
National Alliances are formed to take collective action and provide national, local and community-level leadership to improve maternal and newborn health. National Alliances are empowered to affect change by combining the efforts and influence of all stakeholders. National Alliances lead advocacy campaigns, share best practices, and mobilize communities. One of the critical roles of the WRA, which is carried out through National Alliances, is to amplify the voices of the women and communities that are most impacted by maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
WRA National Alliances are multisectoral networks that include individuals, local and international organizations (NGOs), professional associations, government entities, youth representatives, community members and donor agencies. These alliances reflect the WRA principle of diversity among their membership, with a particular emphasis on engaging the “unlikely partners” – individuals and organizations outside of the maternal health sector who might not otherwise be engaged in safe motherhood advocacy.