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White Ribbon Alliance Remembers British MP and Former Staff Member, Jo Cox

June 16, 2016
For Immediate Release June 16, 2016

Statement by Betsy McCallon, CEO, White Ribbon Alliance:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Jo Cox, who in addition to being an important part of the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) family, was an incredible woman whose legacy will be felt for years to come."

“Jo joined WRA in May 2009 as the Director of the Maternal Mortality campaign and quickly became instrumental in bringing global political attention to the need to elevate maternal, newborn health as a means to lift the status of women worldwide. She worked closely with Sarah Brown, a tireless maternal health advocate and married to then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, to build a strong base of supporters for our work. Together they were critical in getting maternal, newborn health on the agenda at the G8, African Union and other influential global bodies.

“Jo was a huge champion for women and social justice in general. She was an incredible strategist and deeply believed in the political process as an agent of change. Jo understood first hand that if you support people in the way that they need, they will succeed.

“In addition to her significant career accomplishments, Jo will be remembered for her positivity, joyfulness and sarcastic wit. She was hugely admired across the WRA team. Always quick to support and mentor colleagues, she continued to contribute to WRA after she left the organization in September 2012, following the birth of her second child.

“Personally, Jo was an incredible supporter and friend. She was bold and fearless and made me a better leader. As a principle architect of our current strategy to support and grow our Alliance globally, her legacy will continue to be felt for years to come.

“Our thoughts are with her husband Brendan, their two children Cuillin and Lejla, and all those who knew and loved her.”


Contact: Stephanie Bowen sbowen@whiteribbonalliance.org

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