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Catapult’s Next Chapter

By: Jill Sheffield & Katja Iversen, Women Deliver

It’s an unacceptable, but true fact: organizations working on behalf of girls and women raise less than half as much funding than other nonprofits and charities. Two years ago, Women Deliver and its partners decided it was time to execute a bold new strategy to fill this gap. With a few brilliant minds and some creative ideas, Catapult – the world’s first crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s equality – was born. In 2012, Catapult was launched as a start-up under the umbrella of Women Deliver, and we are excited to announce that, just two years later, it’s emerging as an independent organization. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Government Initiative Improves Abortion and Post-Abortion Care in Ghana

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

Although Ghana has one of the most progressive abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa, mortality from unsafe abortion is still a problem. The 2010 maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Ghana was 350 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, compared to an average MMR of 240 in the developing world. One of the largest contributors to maternal deaths are complications from unsafe abortions. The 2007 Ghana Maternal Health Survey estimates that approximately 40% of abortions are performed by untrained providers. Evidence also suggests that many health care providers are not aware of the abortion law. Others may feel that performing an abortion conflicts with their religious beliefs. This lack of knowledge, along with social stigma that surrounds women seeking an abortion, drives the practice underground, resulting in clandestine procedures that are often performed by untrained providers or attempts at a self-induced abortion. Read more...

What are #YouthVoices Saying at UNGA? Nothing About Us Without Us!

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Why is this phrase still so revolutionary? It was coined from within disability rights activism in the 1990s, and has since been used by AIDS activists, the women’s movement, and the youth movement, particularly as the post-2015 development framework takes shape. Read more...

Why contraceptives? Here are the top 5 benefits

By: Katja Iversen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver; Originally posted by Devex

What is contraception good for? The answer may seem obvious: As far back as the age of Cleopatra, who used gold pellets to prevent pregnancy, women have sought ways to plan the number and timing of their children. But critics of that idea go back just as far, and contraception remains controversial to this day. As the world celebrates World Contraception Day on Sept. 26, it’s worth reviewing some of the ways that access to modern contraception improves not only the lives of girls and women, but also men, boys and society in general. Read more...

“Taking Care” of Business: Investing in Girls and Women Makes More Than Cents

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

Most of us working in the global health and development space know that the world is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on girls and women. While many countries have made progress, it’s not enough, and gender inequity remains a grave issue for half the world’s population. As government representatives, corporate executives, and NGO leaders meet in Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and CGI annual meeting, the expiration of the MDGs and the questions of what targets will be included on the sustainable development agenda, as well as who will be responsible for hitting those targets, loom large. Read more...

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