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UN Delegation of Religious Leaders Call for Action on SRHR

On September 19, religious leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations to issue a powerful call for action on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This statement was issued in advance of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, which featured a Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014. Read more...

Women Deliver’s UNGA Recap

Last week, we gathered together at strategy sessions, coffee shops, UN Assembly halls, high-level receptions and meetings to amp up the volume regarding development and the future of development for girls and women. From exciting announcements to campaigns and calls to action, there is a growing momentum for ensuring that the health, rights and well-being of girls and women are prioritized within the post-2015 framework and beyond. Women Deliver was on hand all week, participated in more than 50 events, and shared the message loud and clear that when we invest in girls and women, everybody wins!  Read more...

Catapult’s Next Chapter

By: Jill Sheffield & Katja Iversen, Women Deliver

It’s an unacceptable, but true fact: organizations working on behalf of girls and women raise less than half as much funding than other nonprofits and charities. Two years ago, Women Deliver and its partners decided it was time to execute a bold new strategy to fill this gap. With a few brilliant minds and some creative ideas, Catapult – the world’s first crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s equality – was born. In 2012, Catapult was launched as a start-up under the umbrella of Women Deliver, and we are excited to announce that, just two years later, it’s emerging as an independent organization. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Government Initiative Improves Abortion and Post-Abortion Care in Ghana

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

Although Ghana has one of the most progressive abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa, mortality from unsafe abortion is still a problem. The 2010 maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Ghana was 350 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, compared to an average MMR of 240 in the developing world. One of the largest contributors to maternal deaths are complications from unsafe abortions. The 2007 Ghana Maternal Health Survey estimates that approximately 40% of abortions are performed by untrained providers. Evidence also suggests that many health care providers are not aware of the abortion law. Others may feel that performing an abortion conflicts with their religious beliefs. This lack of knowledge, along with social stigma that surrounds women seeking an abortion, drives the practice underground, resulting in clandestine procedures that are often performed by untrained providers or attempts at a self-induced abortion. Read more...

What are #YouthVoices Saying at UNGA? Nothing About Us Without Us!

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Why is this phrase still so revolutionary? It was coined from within disability rights activism in the 1990s, and has since been used by AIDS activists, the women’s movement, and the youth movement, particularly as the post-2015 development framework takes shape. Read more...

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