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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...

Celebrate Solutions: Driving Change and Saving Lives in India

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

Imagine waking in the middle of the night choking, unable to breathe, scared, and unsure what to do. One’s first response may be to call for an ambulance, but what if none were available? This was the case in 2004 for Shaffi Mather whose mother awoke to this terrifying situation in India. Unsure of what to do, Mather’s family drover her to the hospital themselves. Just a few days later, a similar situation happened to Ravi Krishna, but in New York where a 911 ambulance was on the scene within minutes. Seeing firsthand such a stark contrast of availability and accessibility of standardized emergency medical services (EMS), Mather and Krishna decided to act. Read more...

Improving SRHR Outcomes For Youth In Uganda Is Within Our Reach

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Wanzala E. Martin, Allied Youth Initiative – Uganda

In a bid to take the quest for improved sexual & reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for young people a notch higher, Allied Youth Initiative - Uganda (AYI - Uganda) conceived the Better-Quality Access for Youth (BAY) project idea to scale-up and deepen engagement around the issue. We have worked with partner organizations across the country over the last six months to advocate for meaningful investments in youth-focused SRH programs as a means to accelerate progress towards achieving the country’s local and international development targets by 2015. Through this initiative, we specifically targeted a diverse group of young people ages 15-30. Read more...

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