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IPPF Releases Scorecard on World Bank’s Reproductive Health Investments

This week, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) released a scorecard tracking the progress of the World Bank’s reproductive health action plan, which aims to increase people in poverty’s access to critical health services worldwide. Titled “The scorecard revisited: Monitoring and evaluating implementation of the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010-2015”, the report shows that World Bank investments in reproductive health declined between 2012 and 2013, indicating a risk of a downward trend in reproductive health financing.

The World Bank is currently a key funder of reproductive health projects across the 57 Reproductive Health Action Plan priority countries. Thanks to advocacy work from IPPF and other groups, the Bank has agreed to include contraceptive prevalence rates in the International Development Association (IDA) 17 Results Measuring System, which tracks development progress based on specific indicators. Read more...

Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Not ‘New’ Rights, Says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations, New York, 8 April 2014 – Although sometimes considered controversial, sexual and reproductive rights are not ‘new’ rights, but “are intrinsic to a range of internationally binding treaties.”

That was one of the messages in the keynote address by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, speaking at a side event, Celebrating Cairo and Going Beyond, organized by the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) on the occasion of the Commission on Population and Development. Read more...

Saundra Pelletier Announced as Keynote Speaker at Harvard School of Public Health

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014

San Diego, CA – Saundra Pelletier, WomanCare Global’s (WCG) Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Women Deliver Board, has been announced as the Keynote Speaker at Harvard School of Public Health Women in Leadership Student Organization’s “2014 Women in Leadership Conference.” The conference will provide the opportunity for students and alumnae to participate in discussions relating to the role of women in leadership positions in public health.

Ms. Pelletier has dedicated her life and career to empowering women, and she has been a major force in bringing attention to the need for women globally to access reproductive health supplies. She has grown WomanCare Global’s reach to over 100 countries while also serving as the CEO of Evofem Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops innovative prescription and consumer products.

“I’ve focused my career on empowering women and girls and I am grateful to Harvard School of Public Health for creating a forum that allows us to explore critical issues in women’s health,” said Saundra Pelletier. Read more...

Youth-Led Project in Bangladesh Wins Online Voting Competition

Women Deliver is pleased to announce the “Social Rising for Dowry and Early Marriage Prevention” project by S M Shaikat from Bangladesh as the winner of the C-Exchange Seed Grant competition. After almost 1,500 people voted, S M Shaikat will receive an additional US$500 to implement his project to monitor and prevent early marriage and dowry violence. This competition was held with the support of the Women Deliver C-Exchange, a Women Deliver-led private sector forum that includes Johnson & Johnson, WomanCare Global, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, GE, HRA Pharma Foundation, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and Merck (known as MSD outside the United States). Read more...

The Loss and Legacy of Dr. Wasim Zaman

Women Deliver received the devastating news of the loss of Dr. Wasim Zaman, long-standing advocate for girls and women in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide. Dr. Zaman was an integral part of the original International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, and worked for the past decades to push for the implementation of commitments made at the meeting. Read more...

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