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Girl Effect Accelerator Mentors Social Enterprises

Many start-up social enterprises with promising solutions to improve the lives of girls and women fail because they lack strategic planning, mentorships for staff, exposure or capital investments. The Girl Effect Accelerator is now working to solve these problems and help already proven social ventures scale impact to reach more girls and women worldwide. 

Through a partnership between the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute, the world’s first accelerator was launched at the beginning of November in San Francisco, training the first cohort of 10 social ventures. The accelerator aligned the 10 ventures with first-class mentorship, strategic financing, and access to a global network of support with the objective of rapidly scaling up the benefits these ventures can bring to girls in poverty. Read more...

A Word’s Worth: How Storytelling Can Help the World Achieve Gender Equity

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

Earlier this week, a small group of journalists, global health advocates, and young people gathered for a conversation between Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush and Katie Couric on how to increase awareness and galvanize action to make society a more just and equitable place for girls and women.

The launch of “Better By Half”— a new online platform to share stories of women serving as agents of change in the world—was the impetus for the conversation. The meeting also served as an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on Gates’ September announcement that gender will now sit at the center of the Foundation’s development work. Read more...

Reimagine the Future – The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Here, a couple of days after the release of UNFPA’s State of the World’s Population, The Power of 1.8 Billion, and on today's release of UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children: Reimagining the Future – the latter celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – Women Deliver calls for an increased focus on the rights of children and particularly the rights of young people. Read more...

New Food-For-Thought Paper on Post-2015 Planning

This week, the Co-Facilitators for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, H.E Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and H.E Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, released a “food-for-thought” paper on the modalities for intergovernmental negotiations. These negotations will help determine the process of developing of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. In particular, the Co-Facilitators have underscored the importance of leading open, inclusive and transparent consultations which will aim to end poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030. Read more...

Delivering on the Promise of Multisectoral Collaboration

By: Sharon D'Agostino, Johnson & Johnson; Saundra Pelletier, Woman Care Global; and Katja Iversen, Women Deliver; Originally posted by Devex

No individual, organization or sector can solve major global health and development challenges alone. But how we can work together to improve the health, rights and well-being of women and girls everywhere?

That question was at the center of a recent conversation between Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, Woman Care Global CEO Saundra Pelletier and Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson. Read more...

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