2012 is already shaping up to be a year of progress and forward-thinking, particularly as we begin to construct a new development framework. Convening global and regional experts, engaging young people and revolutionizing funding for projects focusing on girls and women will be critical steps forward. With this in mind, the Women Deliver team has been hard at work planning for the 2012 Regional Consultations and the next global conference in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur; developing a funding platform; planning for the Commission on Population and Development; and continuing to advocate for the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. We’re excited to share this list of updates with you, and we look forward to your continued partnership.
Regional Consultations Feature Michelle Bachelet, Ugandan Minister of Health:
Regional meetings in 2012 will highlight regional challenges, successes, and lessons learned in improving maternal, newborn, sexual and reproductive health. Women Deliver is working with Partners in Population and Development, African Region to organize our sub-Saharan Africa Consultation in March, and the Regional Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction on the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Consultation in June. Dr. Christine Ondoa, Ugandan Minister of Health, will open the sub-Saharan Africa Consultation and Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, will open the LAC Consultation. Women Deliver’s Asia meetings will take place during the MCHIP meeting in Dhaka in May, and in Kuala Lumpur. The location for the Middle East and North Africa meeting to take place in fall 2012 is still to be determined.
Women Deliver 2013 Planning is Underway:
- Scholarship Application Launches this Month: Over the next few months, Women Deliver will accept online applications for full scholarship support to attend its third global conference. The first round of scholarships will be exclusively for young people under the age of 30, and scholarship applications will be available beginning on February 15. A second round of scholarships will launch March 26 for people 30 years and older. Both scholarship applications will close on April 16, 2012. Winners of the scholarships will be announced in July to allow for sufficient time to obtain visas and make travel arrangements. All scholarships cover registration, economy airfare, hotel accommodations, and a fixed stipend for visa fees and other incidentals. To receive updates about the scholarship process, please sign up for our mailing list on our website.
- Registration for 2013 Global Conference Opens June 1st: Women Deliver will open conference registration in June 2012. Conference participants will be able to register for the conference and make hotel and airline reservations at the same time. Early bird conference fees would be at $500 per person, with a new rate of $400 for young people under the age of 30 (as of May 28, 2013). Women Deliver is contracting with 10 hotels to assure low accommodation costs.
- Showcase Your Work in the Exhibit Hall: Women Deliver plans to double exhibition hall space and the number of exhibitors with regional and global products, innovative technologies, and great programs. In 2010, the exhibition space sold out two months before the conference. Information on exhibition space will be available in this month at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Bank Writes Background Paper for Women Deliver 2013:
The background paper for Women Deliver 2013 will address why investing in reproductive health is sound economics. The World Bank paper is extremely timely as the UN looks to the development architecture post 2015. Women Deliver is planning to develop executive summaries in several languages to help disseminate the key messages of the paper. The paper will cover returns on investment, persistent disparities, critical dimensions of accountability and implications for public policy.
Funding Platform Coming Soon:
There are so many expert organizations across the globe tackling the challenges that face girls and women every day. Women Deliver is committed to leveraging the power of social networks to fund and support their work, and is in the process of building a crowdfunding platform. User testing is showing us transparency and accountability are just as appealing to our individual donors as it is to the big foundations and funders. The platform will go beta in May/June and launch late summer 2012.
Women Deliver at the Commission on Population and Development:
Women Deliver will be actively participating at the 45th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), which will take place April 23-37 at the UN headquarters. This year’s theme is “Adolescents and Youth”, which aligns well with our work to increase youth representation and involvement in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver staff are members of the NGO advocacy coalition preparing for the event, participating on the youth engagement, mission training, and networking event working groups.
Flickr photo courtesy of UK Department for International Development