Women Deliver 50

Women Deliver 50 (2012)

WD50_Photo.gifEvery year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. The “Women Deliver 50” is a compilation of the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women. Out of hundreds of submissions from 103 countries around the world, a selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations narrowed the applications to 125 finalists. These were then posted online and more than 6,000 individuals voted to select the 50 winners.

We would like to thank all the members of the selection committee, our partner organizations, and the voters who made the Women Deliver 50 such a success. Continue reading below to learn more about the inspiring organizations and initiatives—from the grassroots to the global–that are pioneering real and lasting social change. We hope it gives you a renewed energy to work toward building a better world for girls and women.

Ordered Alphabetically by Organization

Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns

1. Helping Rural Communities Combat the Violence and Discrimination of Children and Women by Aawaaj
2. World Contraception Day by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and partners
3. The Partnership to End Child Marriage by Girls Not Brides
4. Girl Effect by Nike Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls 
5. Because I Am a Girl by Plan International
6. Protecting Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by The 30 for 30 Campaign
7. Real Men Never Hit Women by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
8. Every Woman Every Child by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General
9. Libyan Women's Charter by Voice of Libyan Women
10. Promoting Women's Health and Human Rights in the Struggle to Address HIV and AIDS by Women Won't Wait 

Educational Initiatives

1. Hamlin College of Midwives by Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
2. Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurship Degree Programs by Akilah Institute for Women
3. Chanan Theatre Group by Chanan Development Association (CDA)
4. Gender Integrated Education Program on Reproductive Health, STDs, and HIV/AIDS by Concern for Children and Women Empowerment (COFCAWE)
5. Skillz Street: Changing the Game for Girls by Grassroot Soccer
6. Innovative Participatory Health Educational Approach in South Sudan by University of Medical Sciences and Technology 
7. Reducing Maternal Mortality in Haiti by Midwives for Haiti
8. Access to Teaching Scholarship by Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA)
9. Equal Access to Education in Afghanistan by The Oruj Learning Center 
10. Schools for Husbands by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 

Health Interventions
1. Post-abortion Care by EngenderHealth
2. Mobilizing Traditional Birth Attendants and Local Communities by Health Poverty Action
3. Reaching the Survivors of Coerced Marriages and Violence in Pakistan by Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
4. Expanding Access to Safe Medical Abortion for Women in Their Communities by Ipas
5. Respecting Women: A Model Maternities Initiative by Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)
6. Go Girls! Initiative by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
7. Rescue for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence by Nairobi Women’s Hospital
8. Rape Crisis Center by Sister Somalia
9. Let’s Save Our Mothers—Mobile Ante-Natal Services by Traffina Foundation http://www.womendeliver.org/knowledge-center/publications/women-deliver-50/health-interventions#Save
10. Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Planning by Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

Health Interventions

1. Post-abortion Care by EngenderHealth
2. Mobilizing Traditional Birth Attendants and Local Communities by Health Poverty Action
3. Reaching the Survivors of Coerced Marriages and Violence in Pakistan by Rahnuma Family Planning Association of Pakistan, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
4. Expanding Access to Safe Medical Abortion for Women in Their Communities by Ipas
5. Respecting Women: A Model Maternities Initiative by Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)
6. Go Girls! Initiative by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
7. Rescue for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence by Nairobi Women’s Hospital
8. Rape Crisis Center by Sister Somalia
9. Let’s Save Our Mothers—Mobile Ante-Natal Services by Traffina Foundation 
10. Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Planning by Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

Leadership and Empowerment

1. Africans Feeding Africa by Backpack Farm
2. Advancing the Social and Political Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTIQ) Individuals by EQUAL GROUND
3. Youth Leadership Program for Commercially Sexually Exploited and Domestically Trafficked Girls and Young Women by Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)
4. Adolescents Count Today by Family Health Options Kenya, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) 
5. Women First by International Relief and Development (IRD)
6. Abriendo Oportunidades (Creating Opportunities) by Population Council
7. UN Women by United Nations
8. Women’s Rights are Human Rights by Women for Afghan Women
9. Stop the Violence—Speak Out for Girls’ Rights by World Association for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
10. Addressing Poverty by Building the Capacity of Future Leaders by Women LEAD

Technologies and Innovations

1. Menstrual Kits by AFRIpads Ltd.
2. Teaching Young Women in Poor Urban Communities IT Skills by AkiraChix Association
3. Helping Babies Breathe Initiative by American Academy of Pediatrics, WHO, USAID, Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and partners
4. Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) by FHI 360, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
5. Prioritizing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines by GAVI Alliance
6. Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage in Afghanistan and Nepal by Jhpiego
7. Obstetric Kits by Maternova
8. Woman’s Condoms by PATH
9. Tools to Bring Clean Energy Technology by Solar Sister
10. Eco-Friendly Sanitary Pads by Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

To download a PDF of the winners, please click here.

Photograph courtesy Graham Crouch|The Elders.