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Celebrate Solutions: How Men Can Deliver for Women by Speaking Up

By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver

Yesterday, 8 March 2015, was International Women’s Day - global observance of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. We know that women cannot fight for gender equality alone – we need boys and men to stand up too. The issues that girls and women face globally are gaining traction in global development, as advocates continue to push for equality. From journalists, to global partnerships, the world is poised to make gender equality a reality and improve the lives of girls and women. To do this, we need all advocates – especially boys and men – to stand with us and demand equality. Read more...

How Girl Activists Helped to Ban Child Marriage in Malawi

By: Denise Dunning & Joyce Mkandawire; Originally posted on The Guardian

Malawi has raised the legal marrying age from 15 to 18. A girls’ rights campaigner explains how advocates secured this victory

Malawi banned child marriage last week through new legislation that increases the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18, representing a major victory for girls in a country that has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. More than half of girls are married off as children, sometimes as early as the age of nine. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: How Girls Can Realize Their Power Through Sports

By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver

The Women’s Sports Foundation strives to make every girl active and healthy. And we know that when we invest in women’s health, everyone wins. Their mission is one we at Women Deliver support wholeheartedly – “To advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity." Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Read more...

Critical Next Steps for the Maternal Health Community

By: Katie Millar; Originally posted on MHTF Blog

As we reflect on lessons learned from the MDGs and set strategies for improving global maternal health, it’s time to identify what has worked and what more is needed to not only avert preventable maternal deaths, but also provide quality health care for every woman.

In a paper published today, Tamil Kendall, a post-doctoral fellow of the Maternal Health Task Force, summarizes priorities for maternal health research in low- and middle-income countries based on three broad questions she asked 26 maternal health researchers from five continents: Read more...

Hands Up For the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People

By: Jacqui Stevenson; Originally posted on the Huffington Post

"When I got pregnant, people from social service and sometimes the doctor were always asking me embarrassing questions like why I'm not ashamed or how will I feed my baby, and I decided not to go back again. Three months after, I gave up and I went back because I realized that my life and my baby were in danger." Read more...

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