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Gates Highlights Centrality of Girls and Women in Development

In an article today in Science, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes on the need to recognize girls and women as central to development and to systemically address gender inequality. She also discusses the Gates Foundation’s current shortfalls around gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how those areas will be addressed through new initiatives in the coming year. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Ghanian Girl Soccer Stars Change the Playing Field

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

When Eunice, Christiana, Francesca and Rose first joined the Plan International-sponsored soccer team for girls in their village in Ghana, they never expected that they’d one day be playing for the National Women’s Soccer Team. The soccer team requires players to be enrolled in school and provides leadership and life skills taining. Since the team was started in 2008, dropout rates for girls in the area have dropped by 80-90%. Read more...

Properly-Equipped Health Facilities Needed to Address Maternal Mortality in Ivory Coast

By: Nina Benedicte Kouassi, Key Correspondents

When Tanoh Marie felt the first contractions she understood that her delivery time was near. As a mother of two already she knew about such things. With the help of her sister-in-law Adjoua Kan, she made it to N’Zianouan rural health centre to deliver. Both women live in M’Brimbo, a small village 185 km from Abidjan.

“When we got to the rural health centre, the midwife said the baby was not doing well. He was coming by his feet so they could not go ahead with normal delivery and she said that we should go to Tiassalé. Marie said that the pain due to labour was too much for her,” Adjoua Kan remembered. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Educating Young Men to Address Commercial Sex Trafficking

By: Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver

To address the root cause of commercial sex trafficking and promote gender equality in the Asia Pacific region, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW)’s  Asia Pacific regional office (CATW-AP) is using gender and sexuality educational camps to engage young men on issues of gender equality and sexual exploitation. Read more...

Advancing Access to Youth-Friendly SRH Services and Information

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Martin Wanzala, Allied Youth Initiative (Uganda)

I personally believe that a country’s youth population is one of its greatest assets. However, to harness our young people’s vibrant ideas and potential, we must give them opportunities to leave a lasting impact on our communities and nations.

Young people under the age of 30 account for more than half of the world’s 7 billion people. In Uganda – the second youngest population in the world – more than 78 percent of the population is under the age of 30. The time is now for Uganda to increase investments in its young people.

One of the best ways to ensure that young people can lead healthy and productive lives is improve access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Although the government of Uganda and its development partners support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs and policies, there are still not enough services to support widespread need. Read more...

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