Global Moms Relay Archive

The United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson created the Global Moms Relay in 2013 to prove that small actions can lead to big changes. In four years, the Global Moms Relay has raised more than $1.1M for campaigns supporting health families. See stories from our previous campaigns: 2013 | 2014 | 2015.

Every Child Deserves to be Healthy and Safe

By Kristen Bell

May 4, 2016

.@IMKristenBell kicks off the #GlobalMoms Relay w/ her video post. Share this post to support families. #JNJ

We Wish Every Child Had a Family That Cares

By Melody Butler & Dennis Ogbe

May 6, 2016

In honor of #NursesWeek, our #GlobalMoms post is from nurse @MelodyButler & @dennisogbe. #JNJ

How My Mother Created the Space for Me to Lead

By Alaa Murabit

May 9, 2016

The first leader I ever met was my mother. Her life is a series of sacrifices that society often writes-off and disguises as the necessary duties of any woman. At 19, my mother left her own family and moved to Canada, a country where she didn’t know the language, or the people. By my age, now 26, she had lost a daughter, and she had me, her seventh...

What Does It Take to be “Lucky”?

By Dr. Elizabeth Cousens

May 10, 2016

Moms can give their kids a brighter future by supporting the #globalgoals. #GlobalMoms #JNJ

Why Our Children Need Us to Rally for Change

By Zoe Saldana

May 11, 2016

.@zoesaldana: "I want my boys to grow up happy, healthy & have the opportunity to be the “best” at something." #GlobalMoms #JNJ

6 Reasons to Invest in Children’s Heath and Education

By Global Entrepreneurs

May 13, 2016

6 reasons to invest in children's health & education. RT this story to support #GlobalMoms #JNJ #UNFGEC

Inside the Lives of Syrian Refugee Girls and Women

By Daniel Baker

May 16, 2016

For the United Nations, Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis today. As it enters its fifth year, the humanitarian impact in and around Syria remains overwhelming. It has placed 12.2 million people in need of aid, internally displaced 7.6 million people and caused 3.9 million Syrians to flee to neighboring countries.

Jennifer Lopez: We Can Empower Our Children Together

By Jennifer Lopez

May 17, 2016

If I had a wish for every child, it would be that they have access to healthcare, education and most of all love. I want every child to be healthy, educated, safe and empowered. We have the ability to achieve these goals if we all come together to fight this fight. Together we are very powerful.

A Mother’s Love Lasts Generations

By Brooke Burke

May 18, 2016

My nana experienced three heart-breaking miscarriages and gave up on the possibility of bearing a child with her husband. Desperate to be parents they began the adoption process in Hartford Connecticut. My mother, Patricia Ann was born June 3rd 1948, minutes before or after her twin sister Priscilla Margaret – no one remembers who came first. In...

Why Does Education Matter? Ask These Global Teen Girls!

By Girl Up Teens

May 20, 2016

Not all girls have the chance to go to school. Equal access to education for girls is a human right, and also the pathway to achieving progress in all other areas. Worldwide, 62 million girls are not in school.

All Children Deserve Equal Access to Education

By Tonia Wellons

May 24, 2016

My wish for every child, everywhere, is to have equal access to high quality education and safe spaces to grow and learn. As a mother of teenage girls, I am particularly passionate about girls’ education.

Speak Up and Speak Out: Girls Can Make Change Too

By Trisha Chang & Josephine

May 25, 2016

Growing up in Uganda, many girls face challenges. For example, girls will leave school because of menstruation. In homes, there are challenges because of gender. At home girls have to do the domestic work, they don’t have to go to school. They just (get told they) need to be married and do housework, and that affects their education. It hurts me so...

Lady Gaga’s Mom On Empowering Youth, Inspiring Kindness

By Cynthia Germanotta

May 26, 2016

As a mom, it is difficult to watch your child struggle. Sometimes, the obstacles they face are physical. But the mental and emotional challenges are just as heartbreaking and frustrating to witness.

Queen Rania: Refugee Children Deserve Better

By Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan

May 30, 2016

Imagine you are six years old, four feet tall and too young to truly know what’s going on. Your childhood soundtrack has been the drumbeat of distant bomb blasts. One day your mother tells you you’re going away, somewhere safe.

I Wish Every Child Had Freedom to Dream

By Jane Griffiths

June 1, 2016

Growing up surrounded by a menagerie of cats, dogs, bantams, horses, and rescued wildlife, I learned to love our beautiful environment and how we must strive to preserve it. As a child, I happily spent all day riding ponies through the gorgeous countryside of rural Herefordshire, England. That sense of freedom was (and still is) one of the things that...

What Being a Mom Has Taught Me About Food

By Lauren Bush Lauren

June 2, 2016

One thing that initially surprised me about motherhood was how much time, energy and care is required to feed my baby. I know this might sound naïve, but before James, I had no idea what a big deal it was to keep a little one fed. Minutes after I gave birth, a nurse placed James in my arms and told me that he was hungry. This great responsibility,...

How My Mother Laura Bush Raised Me to Care for Global Families

By Jenna Bush Hager

June 6, 2016

I come from a long line of strong women. My mom has the unbelievable gift of quiet grace. When I was a teenager, she noticed how much I adored children: how my face lit when I was in a room with them, how my voice softened. So she gently, subtly took me to a place called The Austin Children's Shelter, a home for kids who are abused or neglected....

It Took Seeing My Infant Daughter in a NICU

By Bettina Barrow

June 7, 2016

UNICEF's Ethiopia office team share the tragedies of the current drought and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

Amidst a Drought, a Routine Service Saves Lives

By Bethlehem Kiros

June 8, 2016

Sitting on the steps of the Arara Kidanemeheret Health Post in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, Belay Munaye is nursing her one-year-old twins while waiting to receive their monthly food support. She named her twin boys Tarik and Misgan, meaning ‘history made’ and ‘thankfulness’ to remind herself of the miracle of twin birth and her gratefulness...

Actress Nia Long Takes a Stand for Healthy, Safe Children

By Nia Long

June 9, 2016

I grew up in South Central Los Angeles and I remember what it was like to feel unsafe. Often times I would come home from school to an empty house. My mother was a single mom, a city bus driver, and worked late hours. Gang violence was a sad reality and drug deals were regularly made on the corner near the park I walked through to get home. I would...

Why I Fight for Refugees

By Rev. Thon Chol

June 13, 2016

Thon Moses Chol is a former "Lost Boy" from South Sudan who was resettled to the United States in 2000. When the war in Sudan reached Mr. Chol's village in 1987, he was forced to flee alone and fend for himself at an early age. After years of treacherous travel between Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, Mr. Chol was finally resettled as an unaccompanied...

No Child Should Die From a Mosquito Bite

By Anthony Tolliver

June 14, 2016

I have been a professional athlete for years now, but nothing has been more important to me than making sure I inspire the next generation of children to know that they have the power to make a difference in the world. What I wish for every child, everywhere is the opportunity to know they can make a difference. We get so caught up by the great problems...

Paying Fatherhood Forward

By Allan Houston

June 17, 2016

If you have seven kids, you either really, really love being a father, or you’re trying to acquire your own basketball team the old-fashioned way. If you’re Allan Houston, it’s both. Houston’s love and basketball story starts with his parents. His father, Wade, was part of the first class of African American basketball signees at the University...

How Our Collective Action Can Change the World

By Chrysula Winegar

June 22, 2016

For the first time in history, individuals have the tools and the platforms needed to react and respond to our governments. Social media has given us a way to discuss the issues that matter the most to us. When we stand together, the impact is significant. Policies are enacted, change can take place. Which is why your participation in the Global Moms...

Patricia Arquette: My Dream of a More Equal World

By Patricia Arquette

May 1, 2015

.@PattyArquette kicks off the #GlobalMoms Relay w/ "My Dream of a More Equal World” via @GlobalMomsChall

Jaha Dukureh

By Jaha Dukureh

May 4, 2015

Jaha Dukureh is the founder of Safe Hands for Girls which is a non-profit organization set up in 2013 working to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM), while supporting survivors. Jaha is the lead campaigner against female genital mutilation in the U.S. Jaha successfully lobbied President Obama and the Department...

Olutosin Adebowale

By Olutosin Adebowale

May 6, 2015

Olutosin's @WorldPulse story spreads hope for healthy moms. Share & #JNJ gives! #GlobalMoms

Jennifer Garner

By Jennifer Garner

May 8, 2015

Jennifer Garner: the kind of world I want for my children by 2030 #globalmoms #jnj

Kathy Calvin

By Kathy Calvin

May 11, 2015

Every girl and woman should be in charge of her future: @Kathy_Calvin #globalmoms #jnj

Jennifer & Lynda Lopez

By Jennifer & Lynda Lopez

May 12, 2015

Sisters & mothers @JLo & @LyndaLopez08 try to always come from a place of love! #globalmoms #jnj

Rachel Zoe

By Rachel Zoe

May 14, 2015

"There’s Always Something We Can Do To Help" @RachelZoe #globalmoms #jnj

Kristin van Ogtrop

By Kristin van Ogtrop

May 15, 2015

"Motherhood and Brotherhood" @RealSimple @kvanogtrop shares! You tweet & #jnj gives! #globalmoms

Minda Dentler

By Minda Dentler

May 18, 2015

A polio survivor's wish: Vaccinations for all children. SHARE: #GlobalMoms Relay & #jnj gives!

Rosie Pope

By Rosie Pope

May 20, 2015

Why do mothers need to love themselves? Find out! RT & #jnj gives #GlobalMoms @RosiePope

Amanda Peet

By Amanda Peet

May 21, 2015

[PHOTO ESSAY] Share Amanda Peet's trip to Kenya for #GlobalMoms relay & #jnj gives! @shotatlife

Jo Frost

By Jo Frost

May 26, 2015

Raising #changemakers! @Jo_Frost, parenting expert, joins #GlobalMoms Relay. Share & #JNJ gives!

Sheryl Sandberg

By Sheryl Sandberg

May 27, 2015

When you share @sherylsandberg's hopes for her family and the world by 2030, #jnj gives!

Denice Torres

By Denice Torres

May 29, 2015

2 mothers + 1 special need child= 1 family built on love & commitment @denicemtorres #globalmoms

Caryl Stern

By Caryl Stern

June 1, 2015

Every child has the right to be happy healthy protected & loved -- @carylstern #jnj #globalmoms

Tesfaye Simireta and Endale Engida

By Dr. Endale Engida & Tesfaye Simireta

June 3, 2015

What does it take to save a newborn? @unicefethiopia shares #GlobalMoms #jnj@unicefusa

Naya Rivera

By Naya Rivera

June 8, 2015

Finding Connections with All Mothers Everywhere @nayarivera shares on the #globalMoms relay #jnj

Ricky Martin

By Ricky Martin

June 9, 2015

From La Vida Loca to Fatherhood: @ricky_martin shares his vision for 2030 #GlobalMoms #jnj

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

By Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

June 10, 2015

By 2030, every girl should have the right to become a mother when she's ready #GlobalMoms #jnj

PS22 Chorus

By PS22 Chorus

June 11, 2015

People lovin' people @ps22chorus sings for a better brighter future. RT & #JNJ gives #GlobalMoms

Nigel Barker

By Nigel Barker

June 15, 2015

From high #fashion to fatherhood @NigelBarker shares on the #GlobalMoms Relay Share & #JNJ gives

Gary Barker

By Gary Barker

June 16, 2015

Inside the State of the World's Fathers Report @promundo_us shares on the #GlobalMoms Relay #JNJ

Genevieve Roth & Celia Buckman

By Genevieve Roth & Celia Buckman

June 17, 2015

Genevieve Roth is Glamour's Senior Special Projects Director. She focuses on Glamour's signature event, Women of the Year, as well as editorial partnerships and cross-platform projects. Previously, Roth wrote and consulted internationally; reporting everywhere from Burma to India and serving as Features Director of Marie Claire Australia....

Melissa Hillebrenner

By Melissa Hillebrenne

June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of girls @GirlUp Director @MelissaGirlUp explains why #GlobalMoms

Girl Up Teens

By Girl Up Teens

June 18, 2015

6 Crazy Smart Lessons from a High School Sophomore @GirlUp teen advisor shares #GlobalMoms #JNJ

Arianna Huffington

By Arianna Huffington

June 19, 2015

The World They Deserve: Join The Global Moms Relay @ariannahuff explains why #GlobalMoms #JNJ

How One Mother Changed My World

By Jennifer & Lynda Lopez

March 7, 2014

Lynda Lopez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and mother. Jennifer Lopez is an actress, music artist, tv and film producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother.

Sisters, Jennifer and Lynda became moms around the same time, six years ago. As mothers, both Jennifer and Lynda have a deep routed passion and determination...

Strength, Resilience and Selflessness: A Mother’s Love is Universal

By Haroon Mokhtarzada

March 10, 2014

How the love and sacrifice on a mother changes families forever by @haroon. Share today's #globalmoms relay.

My Mom Was All We Needed To Overcome Every Obstacle

By Ana Roca Castro

March 12, 2014

Ana Roca Castro is a social entrepreneur and the CEO of PreK12 Plaza; The first multicultural education platform dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap among children of recent immigrants and at-risk students. She is also the founder of Latinos in Social Media #Latism, the largest organization of Latino professionals engaged in social media....

How Helping Teen Mothers Changed My Life

By Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez

March 14, 2014

Esmeralda lives in Caracas, Venezuela with her family. She is a former employee of Johnson & Johnson, where she worked for over 30 years as a Professional Marketing Manager and Educational Representative in charge of programs for mothers and health professionals. Esmeralda’s passion for working with vulnerable communities began when she joined...

A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother to Another

By Toyin Saraki

March 17, 2014

How mothers from Nigeria to London helped save a friend. Share @ToyinSaraki's #globalmoms relay post. 1share=$1

My Mother Always Told Me Inaction Is Not an Option

By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

March 19, 2014

.@PhumzileUNWomen share's her #mom's legacy as a #changemaker for women & girls. Read & SHARE=$1 for #globalmoms

I View Mothers With Awe

By Annie Lennox & Dr. Mitch Besser

March 21, 2014

Dr. Mitch Besser of @M2MTweets & @AnnieLennox share story of extraordinary moms! 1SHARE=$1 #globalmoms

How My Step-Mom and Mother-in-Law Inspire Me

By Laura Turner Seydel

March 24, 2014

How My Step-Mom @Janefonda & Mother-in-Law @patpaley Inspire Me: @LauraSeydel today's #globalmoms relay post #jnj

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

By Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

March 26, 2014

TODAY Her Majesty @QueenRania joins the #GlobalMoms Relay! Read & SHARE her post to help #jnj #investingirls >>

Always Start With The Girl

By Maria & Alexandra Eitel

March 27, 2014

Always start with the girl ~Maria & Alexandra Eitel for #globalmoms relay. 1share=$1 from #JNJ to @GirlUp.

Bring Every Good Thing To Our Children

By Melinda Gates

March 31, 2014

Insights from her mother: @MelindaGates joins #globalmoms relay w/ @Kathy_Calvin today. Share & #JNJ gives!

Motherhood is a Woman’s Greatest Challenge

By Angélica Fuentes Téllez

April 2, 2014

As a businesswoman @AngelicaFuentes opens up about work, life, balance & the challenges of being a mom. SHARE #jnj

Mothers Give Possibility And Hope

By Monique Coleman

April 3, 2014

.@gimmemotalk's mom told her there were no obstacles she couldn't overcome. #JNJ gives $1/share to @girlup #globalmoms

Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms in the Most Beautiful Way

By Girl Up Teen Advisors & Their Moms

April 8, 2014

Watch these @GirlUp teens surprise their moms in the most beautiful way! Share the #globalmoms relay #jnj

Women And Girls Are The Power and Potential For Positive Change

By Pat Mitchell

April 9, 2014

Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change #jnj #globalmoms relay with @patpaley and @kathy_calvin

Learning from Strong Women

By Nigel Barker

April 10, 2014

Learning from Strong Women: meet the amazing @NigelBarker, his grandmother, mom and wife for #globalmoms relay #jnj

Mothers Are Warriors

By Victoria Justice

April 11, 2014

Mothers Are Warriors: SHARE today's #globalmoms relay post @VictoriaJustice & #jnj will donate to @GirlUp!

The Universal Truths of Motherhood

By Shot@Life Champions

April 14, 2014

#Globalmoms @elenasonnino @IlinaP @ccylevin on universal truths of #motherhood. Share & #jnj donates @shotatlife!

When Moms Get Out Front

By Kelsey Wirth

April 15, 2014

SHARE "When Moms Get Out Front" by @KelseyWirth1 for #GlobalMoms Relay & #jnj will make a difference:

Protect – Nurture – Love: The Shared Stories of Women

By Anne Geddes

April 16, 2014

.@AnneGeddesTweet shares beautiful images of inspirational women for #GlobalMoms Relay:

Congo’s Hero Women: Creating a Different Future

By Neema Namadamu

April 18, 2014

Neema Namadamu was born in a remote tribal region of Itombwe, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Stricken with polio at the age of two, Neema has been an advocate for change for most of life, starting in the 11th grade when she began a weekly, one-hour radio program raising awareness for persons with disabilities. Neema was the second woman from...

Every Child’s Wishes and Dreams Matter

By Amanda Peet

April 21, 2014

Amanda Peet has been a passionate advocate of vaccines for children for years. “It’s proven- vaccines are life-saving. I can’t imagine my daughters not reaching major milestones because of a preventable disease like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles or polio. No mother should have to imagine that,” said Peet. “We know vaccines work and for only...

Motherhoood Traditions From Around the World

By Jennifer Borget

April 23, 2014

On the air, Jennifer Borget is a freelance news reporter and anchor. Off the air, she's is a wife and mother documenting her life in extraordinary ways, and inspiring others to do the same. She documents her journey through making and raising babies on

The Things You Can Do As One Person

By Cynthia Leive

April 24, 2014

What one person can do! @cindi_leive writes for the #globalmoms relay today! SHARE and #jnj donates to @ShotAtLife!

Send Me A Baby Girl

By Audrey McClelland

April 25, 2014

#Globalmoms Relay @AudreyMcClelland asked her Nana for a #babygirl. So beautiful! SHARE #jnj will give to @shotatlife

My Mother, The Angel; My Mother, The Warrior

By Glennon Melton

April 28, 2014

"People are always calling my mom an angel, but I think she's a warrior." - @momastery #globalmoms #jnj

My Mother Taught Me Hurdles Are Jumpable

By Deborra-Lee Furness

April 30, 2014

Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe. It is her passion that children all over the world be given every chance to live a fulfilled and joyous life and achieve their full potential.

Deborra-lee is Patron of the Lighthouse...

Raising Citizens of The World

By Helen Clarke

May 2, 2014

Helen Clark has remained a fixture on Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Women since her election as Prime Minister of her native New Zealand in 1999, coming in at 21 this year. She had already served as a member of Parliament for 18 years before being elected an impressive three times as Prime Minister, serving for nine years. Her time as...

We Are All Ordinary, and We Are All Superheroes

By Kristin van Ogtrop

May 5, 2014

Kristin van Ogtrop is Managing Editor of Time Inc.'s award-winning lifestyle brand Real Simple. In addition to leading the monthly magazine, van Ogtrop oversees all brand extensions, which have grown to include a robust website with unique, daily content; tablet editions; popular special issues, including Real Simple Family and Real Simple Weddings;...

Raising Our Voices: Join the Global Moms Relay

By Arianna Huffington

May 8, 2014

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012,...

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