New Report: Linking Contraceptives to Human Rights

A new report, The Right to Contraceptive Information and Services for Women and Adolescents, launched 23 March 2011 by UNFPA and the Center for Reproductive Rights, examines the right to access contraceptive information and services for women and adolescents. It provides practical guidance for activists, scholars, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments and other actors working in the area of sexual and reproductive health to integrate human rights into programs and policies on contraceptive information and services. Read more…

Celebrate Solutions: Improving Maternal Health and Increasing Awareness in Pakistan

pakistan.JPGBy: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern at Women Deliver

In a nation where an estimated 14,000 women die each year from pregnancy related causes, the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) has worked to both improve the ability of the nation’s health care sector to better meet mothers’ needs and increase demand for maternal and reproductive health services. Read more...

CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen Stresses the Importance of Social Responsibility in Business

Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen and one of the Women Deliver 100, gave the keynote speech at The Economist’s conference, The Sustainable Business Summit, where he spoke about the significance of social responsibility. To begin his speech, he paints a bleak picture:

“Imagine you are 10 years old. You are a girl. You’re walking 3 miles under a 110 degree blazing hot sun. You are fetching water. You do this every day, spending time bringing water home to your family; time you could’ve spent going to school. The water you find may look clear, but it is fact swarming with bacteria. Many of your neighbors are now suffering from chronic diarrhea... But this is your only water source, so you drink it anyway.” Read more...


New Publications from WHO and Population Reference Bureau

A new report from the World Health Organization confirms a significant decline in the number of deaths from unsafe abortion worldwide. However, the data show that women in least-developed countries and sub-Saharan Africa bear a disproportionate burden. The Worlds Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet has the latest data on a wide variety of indicators on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in more than 180 countries, with a focus on demography, reproductive health, education, work, and public life. Read more...

Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist for the New York Times, Released from Libya

By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach for Women Deliver

Lynsey_Addario_14.jpgWhen we announced our Women Deliver 100 list of the most inspiring people delivering for girls and women, we never imagined that just weeks later one of the honorees would be held captive in Libya. But that’s what happened to Lynsey Addario, a New York Times photojournalist, when she was captured and faced days of brutality in Libya.

Finally, this past Monday, The Libyan government freed Lynsey and three of her fellow New York Times journalists, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. Read more...

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