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Celebrate Solutions: Is Access to Safe Water A Secret Ingredient to Reducing Maternal Deaths?

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

In a recent PLOS article, “From Joint Thinking to Joint Action: A Call to Action on Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Maternal and Newborn Health,” representatives from WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, WHO, UNICEF, UN Population Fund, UNFPA, and the Share Research Consortium, put forward a case that access to safe water is an overlooked but essential tool for reducing maternal mortality—a development goal that has proven particularly hard to reach. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Micro-Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment

By: Emily Mello, Women Deliver

When you invest in girls and women, everybody wins.

Here at Women Deliver, we can’t say that enough. Economically empowered women not only raise the labor productivity of their countries, but also spend more of their earned income on their families. Hindustan UniLever Limited (HUL), India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company, is applying this principle through Project Shakti. This entrepreneurial program offers rural women microgrants to become distributors of the company’s health and hygiene products. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: 2015, a New Year, New Resolutions, Important Remembrances

By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver

As we enter the New Year with good intentions, new resolutions, and re-commitments to issues that matter to us, we must resolve to keep in our collective memory the girls and women who have been lost in an effort to silence or end their human rights activism.

We at Women Deliver bring to your attention the powerful tribute to Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders who have passed away created by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) as part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 – December 10, 2014). Read more...

Most Girls In Her Village Don’t Finish Elementary School. She’s Graduating From College.

By: Women Deliver and Maureen Oduor

Women Deliver eagerly celebrates the gradtion of one of our Young Leaders, Maureen Oduor, who received her Bachelors degree Kampala International University in December. Rather than shining the spotlight on herself, Maureen took the opportunity to use her graduation celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of education accessibility and the need for girls’ access to schooling. This is her story. Read more...

Measuring Progress, Planning for Success: A Look Back at 2014

2014 was, in many ways, a good year for those advocating for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. We saw continued momentum to ensure girls and women are prioritized in the post-2015 agenda, and an inclusion of human rights and involvement of young people included in the report on the Sustainable Development Goals. However, we also saw opponents chipping away on sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world, and it is clear that there is still much work to be done.

In May 2016, we will have an opportunity to further develop our strategies to face the challenges that remain for girls and women around the world at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference in Copenhagen. As we plan for the future, let us take a moment reflect on the many accomplishments and hard work that’s occurred over the past twelve months: Read more...

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