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“We’re just not there yet”: Launch of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

In the spirit of International Women’s Day (8 March 2015), and kicking of the Commission on the Status of Women (9-20 March 2015), Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Melinda Gates launched the No Ceilings Full Participation Report today. Read more...

Making It Happen in South Sudan

By: The International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Mary*, 19, is from Yambio in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state and is living with HIV.  Orphaned at a young age and brought up by her aunt, she’s smart and determined to see her education through to university level if she can.  Few girls her age even reach secondary education – they often drop out early due to early marriage, adolescent pregnancy or their parents not recognizing the value of girls staying in school. Read more...

Arts in Advocacy: How to Touch Minds and Hearts for Action and Change

By Katja Iversen; Originally posted on Devex

I will never forget the evening in 2009 when I heard Sean, a 19-year-old spoken-word artist from Brooklyn, New York, give a performance about women dying during pregnancy or childbirth in Sierra Leone; it left me in tears. Read more...

Jill Sheffield To Speak at the 8th Annual Family of Woman Film Festival

On February 24th, Women Deliver Founder & President, Jill Sheffield will be a featured speaker at the Family of Woman Film Festival’s Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture on the Health and Dignity of Women. The festival was founded by Peggy Elliot Goldwyn in 2008 to bring attention to the issues confronting women and girls around the world – issues that are at the heart of Women Deliver’s mission. Read more...

Our Big Bet For The Future: 2015 Gates Annual Letter

Originally posted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played. This bet wasn't exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. But the bet turned out well.

Fifteen years ago, the two of us made a similar bet. We started our foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, we could help dramatically reduce inequity. The progress we've seen so far is very exciting — so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what's possible 15 years from now. Read more...

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