This Mother’s Day, the United Nations Foundation is celebrating the power of moms to create positive change in their families and in their communities.

We are fortunate to work with amazing mothers who are helping the United Nations expand access to vaccines and family planning, promote sustainable energy, protect refugee families from malaria, empower adolescent girls, use mobile technology to improve maternal health, create a thriving market for clean cookstoves, and much more.

While our mom supporters and partners come from around the world, they are united in joining with the UN to build a better future for all children.

In honor of mothers everywhere, here are four quotes on why moms are change makers:

  • “Children are our future, and their mothers are its guardians.” – Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
  • “Motherhood was the great equaliser for me; I started to identify with everybody… As a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.” – Singer, songwriter, and performer Annie Lennox
  • “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Author Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.”Author Charlotte Gray