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Girls in sport: More and better research needed to level the playing field

By Flavie Halais; Originally posted on Devex 

The movement to use sports as a catalyst for improving the lives of girls and women is growing, but what’s the evidence that supports the various benefits and uses of sports? And what kind of additional research is needed to help development professionals design smarter programs?

Researchers and practitioners who gathered at the Girl Power in Play Symposium, held last month in Ottawa, Canada, weighed in on how we can help build a better case for the role sports can play in the post-2015 agenda. Read More...

Girls in sport: A powerful game changer for the SDGs

By: Katja Iversen, Maria Bobenrieth; Originally posted on Devex

We’ve all heard stories of professional athletes who have defied the odds to keep playing the sport they love. Take Maria Toor Pakay who grew up in South Waziristan, Pakistan, where playing squash, or any sport, was for boys only; but Maria couldn’t be kept off the court. She pretended to be a boy in order to keep playing and today is Pakistan’s number one squash player.

Maria refused to let society restrict her, and instead, she showed us all what girls can do. Now she is championing change through a foundation that helps girls access education and sport — contributing to a stronger, more just Pakistan. Read More...

#GirlsCan Campaign Kicks Off with FIFA Women’s World Cup to Empower Girls in Sports

By Marinella Matejcic; Originally posted on Global Voices 

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada started kicked off on June 6, a number of organizations joined forces in launching the #GirlsCan advocacy campaign. Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right to Play, GAIN and One Goal are using the FIFA as a backdrop to raise awareness of how sports can positively influence girls’ lives and call for more research and funding for girls’ sports. Read more...

Women Deliver 2016 Conference Website is LIVE!

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

Women Deliver is excited to announce the launch of the Women Deliver 2016 Conference website, www.wd2016.org, where registration for the conference is now open! The new website will house all information and details related to the conference, including how to showcase as an exhibitor, sponsorship opportunities, travel information, and how to become a media partner. WD2016.org will continue to expand over the next year with continuous updates about speakers, plenaries, exhibits, and events occurring in Copenhagen. Learn more...

Invest in Every Woman Every Child to save a generation within a generation

By Amina J Mohammed; Originally posted on Devex

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened health leaders and experts from over 30 countries to solidify a plan of action so that by 2030, no woman, newborn, child or adolescent dies from causes we know how to prevent, and that they all thrive to realize the future they want and deserve.

Some may say these are ambitious goals. But is it achievable? We think it is.

In 2010, the secretary-general launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and a movement driven by shared responsibility, Every Woman Every Child, to help accelerate the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Read More...

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