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Leaders of Today: Youth Leadership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver; Originally posted on Huffington Post

I’ll never forget the energy of this moment. Yemurai Nyoni was amongst a hard-hitting roster of speakers tasked with closing the PMNCH Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2014. The list included Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA, Dr. Ariel Pablos Mendez of USAID, and Dr. Carole Presern of PMNCH - true giants in the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) space. Read more..

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Named Patron of Women Deliver 2016 Conference

New York, NY, 25 February 2015 – In May 2016, thousands of world influencers, advocates, activists, researchers, policymakers, young people, journalists, private sector leaders, and members of civil society will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, to share ideas and strategize on how to make the world a better place for girls and women. Read more...

Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda

By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver

I am an optimist. Some would say I am a naïve optimist. Others would say I am an impatient optimist. There may be some truth to this, but after more than a decade working in global health I can say with confidence that over the next ten years we will make significant and sustainable change to improve the lives of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. It will happen gradually and require a strong global strategy, but it is possible. Just think about how much progress has been made over the last two decades: maternal deaths have dropped by almost half, contraceptive use has increased, more girls are in school, more women are in leadership positions, and women’s rights are more widely recognized. Read more...

Nalia’s Story: Adolescents Who Sell Sex in Ethiopia

By: Nina Benedicte Kouassi

When Nalia left her village for Addis Ababa, she expected to find a job and send money home to her family. She was looking for work as a maid, but says: “As I did not know anyone in the city, I lived in the streets. And I had to do this [sex work] to earn some money while finding a job.” At 16, she is still a sex worker and her story is far from unusual. Read more...

Jill Sheffield To Speak at the 8th Annual Family of Woman Film Festival

On February 24th, Women Deliver Founder & President, Jill Sheffield will be a featured speaker at the Family of Woman Film Festival’s Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture on the Health and Dignity of Women. The festival was founded by Peggy Elliot Goldwyn in 2008 to bring attention to the issues confronting women and girls around the world – issues that are at the heart of Women Deliver’s mission. Read more...

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