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By Denise Dunning; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Denise Dunning is the Founder and Executive Director of Let Girls Lead and Champions for Change

600 million girls living in poor countries around the world struggle to eat, go to school and see a doctor when they need one. Many of these girls suffer violence in their families and are married off as children to men three times their age. Although research demonstrates that girls are the key to ending global poverty, only two cents out of every dollar in international funding goes to programs supporting girls.

We're working to change that. One of the first and most important steps is changing societies' limiting gender narratives. Jennifer Siebel Newsom's Representation Project has led the movement to transform media representations of women and girls with the award-wining documentary "Miss Representation." The Representation Project has mobilized millions of people to use their voices to challenge the media's limiting portrayal of women and girls.Read more...

Global Leaders Celebrate Two Decades of Progress for Girls and Women

Yesterday, the opening day of the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Population and Development (CPD), Women Deliver and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-hosted an event in New York to call for political commitments to and investments in girls’ and women’s health and rights. This reception commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt, where global leaders issued a visionary consensus prioritizing the health and rights of women and young people, including their sexual and reproductive health. Read more...
 

DSW Executive Director Calls for “SRHR for All” at the CPD

By: Renate Baehr, Executive Director, DSW; Member, High-level Task Force for ICPD; Originally posted by DSW

The 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development is currently underway in New York (April 7th to 11th). The aim of the session is the assessment of the status of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action that resulted from the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Emergency Relief in the Philippines

By: Tyler LePard, Catapult

Super Typhoon Haiyan left many children in the Philippines without protection, food or clean water. The city hardest hit by the storm was Tacloban, where 11-year-old Marie lives. She remembered, “It was horrifying; I thought I was going to die. Half of our rooftop went flying.” Fortunately, the Catapult community and Johnson & Johnson funded SOS Children’s Villages to provide emergency relief for families in the Philippines and help them recover from Haiyan. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: WASH Helps Girls Learn in Zambia

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

There is a clear link between a girl’s access to quality education and her ability to live a healthier, more productive life. We also know that one of the major reasons why girls drop out of school is that they lack of access to sanitary facilities and supplies. Without access to basic menstrual supplies and sanitation, girls’ health and educational opportunities are marginalized. The long-term consequences of this preventable reality for girls create a ripple effect among their communities and, collectively, the global economy. Read more...

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