Promised You a Miracle

Martha Wainwright and Jim Kerr have just recorded an original version of the iconic Simple Minds song 'Promised You a Miracle', to draw attention to the hundreds of thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.

Ten years ago world leaders signed up to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), which commit to halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. The MDGs included a target to reduce maternal mortality rates by three-quarters by 2015. This target is now the most severely off-track of all the MDGs. These are the biggest promises world leaders have ever madeto put people first, and to build a world without poverty.

But unfortunately, these promises are still off track.

  • 350,000 women and girls are still dying every year as a result of complications due to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • The vast majority of maternal deaths are avoidable when women have access to vital health care before, during and after birth.

This must stop, and now is the time to act. The G8 summit offers a critical opportunity to tackle maternal mortality.

Simple Minds Jim Kerr has re-invented his 80s hit Promised You A Miracle, recording a moody new acoustic version that features Canadian mega-talent Martha Wainwright on backing vocals and guitar.

Both artists understand the need to keep promises, especially promises made by world leaders to the worlds women.

May 17th, the day of the video release, will mark 40 days until the G8/ 20 Summits. These meetings will bring together world leaders, and their promises.

The song and video intend to serve as a call to action, drawing attention to the hundreds of thousands of women around the world still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.