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CSW59: Looking Back to Move Forward

By Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

What will the world look like for girls and women in 2030? More importantly, what do we want it to look like? This year, government officials, policymakers, and advocacy organizations not only looked ahead during the 59th session on the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in NYC, from March 9th – 20th,   but looked back to see how far we have come sincethe 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, where governments pledged to advance and promote equality, development, and peace for all women in the world. As the UN works to finalize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced next September, CSW59 was the perfect platform for civils society groups and advocacy organizations to come together to ensure that the issues that girls and women face globally are heard, understood and  most importantly, prioritized in the SDGs. Read more...

FP2020 Reference Group Welcomes New Countries, Civil Society Organizations

Originally posted by Family Planning 2020

Niger, Tanzania, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Marie Stopes International join the 18-member governing body for FP2020.

Washington, DC (March 23, 2015) – Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services, and supplies, today announced its latest cohort of Reference Group members, who include newly added countries Niger and Tanzania. Members will convene for the first time in April in New Delhi, India. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Investing in Local Communities to Transform Lives

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

Half of the world’s population is under the age of 30 making today’s generation of young people the largest in history. Their choices and opportunities define the present and the future of our world, yet barriers such as child marriage, HIV, poverty, and others, hold back our youth from realizing their full potential. Luckily, there are organizations working to combat these issues and empower the next generation of leaders. Read more...

Katja Iversen Joins World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition & Population

It is with great excitement that Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, has been selected for the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population as a new member. Established in 2011, the Group provides a structured way for Civil Society Organizations to contribute to, influence and share information, lessons learned, and advice on the development of World Bank Group plans, policies and programs in health, nutrition and population (HNP) in low- and middle-income countries. The Group consists of 16 civil society experts from both national and international organizations on issues related to HNP in different regions. Members serve on a voluntary basis for three years. Read more...

Opinion: Rape in Conflict: Speaking Out for What’s Right

By: Serra Sippel; Originally posted by Inter Press Service News Agency

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned speech marking the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and the bloody attack on civil rights marchers by police.

President Obama issued what was tantamount to a call to action for Americans to speak out for what is right. He stated: “…Loving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what’s right and shake up the status quo.” Read more...

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