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Heed past lessons to deliver for girls and women – and drive progress for all

By: Jill Sheffield; Originally Posted on Thomson Reuters 

There was a lot on the line for the world’s girls and women last week as global leaders meet at UN headquarters for a once-in-a-generation summit on international development. Last time around, 15 years ago, I was there – and it didn’t turn out so well for girls and women. We’re more optimistic today, with the UN Secretary-General and many global leaders personally pledging to make the Sustainable Development Goals work for girls and women. Read More...


Women Deliver’s Commitment to new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

2015 and beyond is a moment in time where we are intensely focused on the world and its people. It is a time in which we could see the end of extreme poverty, preventable maternal deaths, and begin to reverse the effects of climate change. While these goals may seem like an unbelievably large undertaking, they can be achieved; but no one person can do it alone. One of the best ways to see progressive change is to work through partnerships. Which is exactly what Women Deliver believes, and exemplifies. Another great example of progress through partnership is Every Woman Every Child, and they’ve been leading the charge for the past five years. Read More...

Engaging a Community to Ensure “Every Girl, One Contraceptive”

By: Maureen Odour, Women Deliver Young Leader

Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant. The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl's control. Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl's health, education and rights. It also prevents her from realizing her potential and adversely impacts the baby. A country's economy is also affected by teenage pregnancies as adolescent mothers are prevented from entering the workforce. Read more...

A New Era for the Health of Women, Children, and Adolescents

By: Anita Sharma; Originally posted on United Nations Foundation

2015 has the potential to be a historic year. It could be the beginning of the end of extreme poverty. It could be the year the world comes together to finally prevent runaway climate change. And it could be the year that the world decides to prioritize the survival, health, and well-being of women, children, and adolescents everywhere. How can we make sure it becomes a reality? Read More...

Women Make Change: A New Global Documentary Series Highlighting the Impacts of Women

Everywhere around the world women are making tremendous impacts in their communities. At Women Deliver we know that girls and women are the heart of sustainable development, and we think it’s time for their stories to be told. That’s exactly what Al Jazeera English’s Head of Documentaries, Ingrid Falck had in mind when she created the Women Make Change series, which will launch 26 September, tied to the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health. The series takes the viewer to five different countries, and shows the positive ripple effect of what happens when women are actively involved in their economies. Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, was fortunate enough to get to talk to Ingrid and find out exactly what the motivation was behind the series. Read More...

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