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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...

CSW: Good News for Women’s Rights

Women Deliver welcomes the strong outcome of the 2014 UN Commission on the Status of Women, where a big battle was fought to prioritize gender equality and view women’s rights as human rights in the next development agenda.

After two weeks of tough negotiations between delegates, advocates praised the strong language around sexual and reproductive health in the outcome document. With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at the end of next year, the Commission recognized that although the MDGs have advanced progress in some areas, the goals that focus on the health and well-being of girls and women, particularly surrounding maternal and sexual and reproductive health, have made the least the progress. Read more...

Making Life Saving Commodities Available in Nigeria: the Sokoto State story

By: Mu’azu Muhammad, Women Deliver 100 Young Leader

“Every year, millions of women and children die from preventable causes.These are not mere statistics. They are people with names and faces.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The above statement by Ban Ki-moon resonates with me, because the situation in Nigeria is the same. Each year, approximately one million Nigerian children die from preventable illnesses before their fifth birthday. And for every 100,000 live births, there are 1,549 women who will die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. The especially dire mortality rates come from the northeastern and northwestern regions of the country where Bauchi and Sokoto States are located. Both states face huge challenges bringing health care services to their people. Read more...

Advancing Breastfeeding: The Power of the Network

By: Mariam Claeson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ruth Landy, Social Impact; Originally posted by Impatient Optimists

Chinese celebrity Ma Yili has over 50 million social media fans, and now she’s using her influence to promote breastfeeding in her home country, where only 28 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed. The “10m2 of Love” campaign Ma is publicizing includes a mobile app to help Chinese women locate and use public breastfeeding spaces.

From China to Pakistan, Venezuela and Viet Nam, countries are experimenting with new approaches to promote a life saving, natural practice under threat in the modern world. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Community Well Brings Access to Clean Water

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

For some of us, accessing clean water means a short walk to the faucet. Yet in many parts of the world, such as the Tigray region of Ethiopia, girls and women are tasked with walking hours, sometimes through unsafe terrain, to collect water from polluted rivers. Read more...

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