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CSW59: Looking Back to Move Forward

By Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

What will the world look like for girls and women in 2030? More importantly, what do we want it to look like? This year, government officials, policymakers, and advocacy organizations not only looked ahead during the 59th session on the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in NYC, from March 9th – 20th,   but looked back to see how far we have come sincethe 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, where governments pledged to advance and promote equality, development, and peace for all women in the world. As the UN works to finalize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced next September, CSW59 was the perfect platform for civils society groups and advocacy organizations to come together to ensure that the issues that girls and women face globally are heard, understood and  most importantly, prioritized in the SDGs. Read more...

FP2020 Reference Group Welcomes New Countries, Civil Society Organizations

Originally posted by Family Planning 2020

Niger, Tanzania, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Marie Stopes International join the 18-member governing body for FP2020.

Washington, DC (March 23, 2015) – Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services, and supplies, today announced its latest cohort of Reference Group members, who include newly added countries Niger and Tanzania. Members will convene for the first time in April in New Delhi, India. Read more...

Katja Iversen Joins World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition & Population

It is with great excitement that Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, has been selected for the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population as a new member. Established in 2011, the Group provides a structured way for Civil Society Organizations to contribute to, influence and share information, lessons learned, and advice on the development of World Bank Group plans, policies and programs in health, nutrition and population (HNP) in low- and middle-income countries. The Group consists of 16 civil society experts from both national and international organizations on issues related to HNP in different regions. Members serve on a voluntary basis for three years. Read more...

Denmark Establishes High-Level Women Deliver Support Committee

“You have not been randomly selected,” the Danish Minister of Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen told the high-level participants last week at the first meeting of the newly established Danish Women Deliver Committee. “You are here because you represent an institution or organization, which I see contributing to involving  the Danes, and the world, in the most important issue of our time - the struggle for women's and girls' health and rights.” Read more...

#MakeItHappen: Let Evidence, Not Ideology, be the Basis of the New Sustainable Development Goals

By: Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation

“Let the 21st century be the century of women,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has famously said. “The empowerment and rights of girls and women must be at the heart of everything we do.”

“Make it happen,” one can easily imagine women from around the world saying to UN member states in response. Fittingly, “Make It Happen” is a motto for this year’s International Women’s Day. Read more...

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