Today is International Women’s Day – traditionally, a time to celebrate and honour women worldwide. However there is not much honour nor anything to celebrate in the fact that every minute a woman dies needlessly in childbirth. Almost always, her baby will die too. Pregnancy is not a disease, so it is all the more shocking to realise that at least 80% of these deaths are preventable. Poverty, lack of facilities and knowledge and religious traditions all play their part. Though poverty is probably the biggest player in this field, this is a human rights crisis, an avoidable crisis. Across the globe we should be putting pressure on the powers that be to address this issue which belongs to a bygone era. Somehow I fear that this issue will stay with us as long as we have the present system where profit overrides the welfare of the people.