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The UN: “Unlimited Negotiation”?

By: Edith Esinam Asamani, Women Deliver Young Leader and Dance4Life Ghana

Does the building with almost 200 colourful flags by the East River in New York City sound familiar to you? Well, if it does, you deserve to know that this building became even more popular these past few weeks as the new global blueprint for sustainable development was finalized.

Walking into the United Nations in the final week of the intergovernmental negotiations for the Post-2015 framework - the sustainable development agenda – conjured mixed feelings for me. I now call it the July 27-31 feelings. On one hand, I knew failure was not an option. Our Member States must listen to us. Read More...

Collaboration is a “Win-Win” for Girls and Women

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Girls and women are at the heart of sustainable development, and now more than ever, commitments need to be made to improve their lives. But making a positive impact for girls and women isn’t a one person job; it takes thousands of commitments and actions to change lives. Working to make that a reality is the Win-Win Coalition - a new global network of companies, foundations, organizations, and individuals working together to empower women and advance their rights. Read More...

The Power of Youth: Transformation of the Future

By: Gvantsa Khizanishvili, World Contraception Day Ambassador

Today’s generation of young people is the largest ever! There are 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 on our earth; this means that one out of six people in the world is a young person.  This generation of fast-growing youth, especially in lower-income regions, comes with big and specific aspirations for their future. Giving young people the opportunity to realize these aspirations and hearing young people’s needs, will determine our future. Read More...

Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Women Deliver is no stranger to investing in youth voices which is why we’re so excited to celebrate International Youth Day (IYD) this year! Each year on 12 August, governments, policymakers, advocates, and youth celebrate the awareness day to draw attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.  This year’s theme -  “Youth Civic Engagement”- is of critical importance as the engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable development. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Solar Suitcases Shining a Light on Maternal Health Across the Globe

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Globally there are 800 women who die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each day.  Virtually all of these deaths (99%) occur in developing countries and most are preventable, which is exactly what Dr. Laura Stachel saw first-hand during a research trip in Nigeria in 2008. She found that one of the most frequent issues that occurred during her trip was health workers losing power in the middle of emergency operations. When the lights go out during these procedures there are not many options. Patients either wait to be treated until daylight, or get turned away. Read More...

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