Join Us at Women Deliver 2013 – Registration is Live!

By: Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver

Last month, we received the good news that maternal mortality rates are on the decline – maternal deaths have fallen by nearly 50 percent over the past two decades. With this good news at our heels, we’re excited to announce the opening of registration for the Women Deliver 2013 conference – the largest global conference to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women of the last 10 years.

The upcoming year is a critical moment for girls and women. As we see the rates of maternal mortality go down, we see that success is possible and that solutions exist. But our work is far from done – 800 women are still dying during pregnancy and childbirth every day and countless more are injured. What we need now – and more urgently than ever – are even stronger political and financial commitments to save and improve the lives of girls, women, and newborns.

That’s exactly why the Women Deliver 2013 conference is so important. On May 28-30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, more 5,000 participants from around the world will convene with one goal — a commitment to improve the lives of girls and women. Participants will include Heads of State, government and UN officials, Ministers of Health and Finance, Parliamentarians, youth advocates, corporate executives, healthcare professionals, academics, civil society organizations, and advocates. To ensure that there is strong participation from those individuals on the front lines in the Global South, Women Deliver will provide conference and travel support to 1,000 participants.

When we meet in 2013, we will be nearing a historic deadline – the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. While a great deal of progress has been made, there is still a long way to go and MDG5 – to reduce maternal mortality – is the most off-track of all the MDGs. This conference will be an opportunity to strategize about the road to 2015 and beyond, highlighting ongoing challenges, success stories, and new opportunities ahead of us.

Here are some highlights we’re anticipating for the Women Deliver 2013 conference:

  • High-level participants: The conference will include ministers, parliamentarians, UN heads, global media, and CEOs – and hopefully you will join them! We will convene these participants to ensure that the key issues affecting girls and women are visible and collect commitments to girls and women’s health and empowerment leading up to 2015 and beyond.
  • Exciting speakers and revolutionary thinkers: In 2010, we heard from such speakers as Ban Ki-moon, Kathleen Sebelius, Michelle Bachelet, Mary Robinson, Michel Sidibé, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington and many more during our sessions and plenaries.  We are expecting equally exciting and inspiring speakers at the 2013 conference to lead the discussion once again.
  • Youth Participation: Women Deliver is committed to meaningful youth participation, and has set aside 50% of all scholarships for young people under 30-years-old from various regions to participate. There will also be a youth pre-conference, a youth track in the program and youth speakers throughout the conference.
  • Exhibit Hall: Expect to find a hub for discussion, networking and learning in this space. There will be lounge chairs for conversations, free wi-fi, an areas for skills-building workshops, unlimited coffee and snacks and space for groups to showcase new technologies, innovative products and exciting work. If you’re organization is thinking of exhibiting, I encourage you to sign up early!
  • Opportunities for Professional Development: Not only will there be side trips to clinics and  service programs in Kuala Lumpur, giving attendees a unique opportunity to learn about programs that have helped Malaysia achieve its phenomenal success in reducing maternal mortality, but there will be a career fair available for organizations to recruit young participants and staff.

I hope that you will participate in this unique and game-changing international conference. Whether you focus on health care, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, entertainment or finance, the health of girls and women affects the health of your industry.

See you in Kuala Lumpur next May!

-Jill Sheffield

Entry Comments

    • Jun 03
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    Very important to meet again,because too many women still die in Africa.I have recently sen this in Mo’‘cambique.

    • Jun 06
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    There was the same announcement more than two months ago and now I do not understand what this announcement is for

    • Jun 07
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    Am a youth leader and looking forward to attending the conference. Maternal health is a matter i have at heart having lost my dear Aunt in September 2011 may her soul rest in peace and my sister too almost lost her life though she lost her baby the same year in December. I will forever advocate for safe motherhood to all women! Long live Women Deliver and see you guys!

  1. As a gender activist, issues of maternal health especially for the rural poor are of prime importance to me.

    • Jul 15
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    would be great to attend as this will be a unique opportunity to transmit information acquired to women in my country so they can have more power to raise their voices to be able to build a better Mauritius for all of us.

    • Jul 20
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    I at times loose words and become emotional when i look and admire how women deliver is turning every stone to ensure safety of our women. Am a witness and a beneficiary of what women deliver do,i cant imagine the energy i got for attending the 1st women deliver conference in london where i realized how i can be involved as a youth to save the lives of African woman.
    In Tanzania Tanga region where i live, maternal death are really taken for granted, in fact the community has resigned in fight to save women lives and is left to be either good or bad luck for the woman to survive during pregnancy.

    No a single grass root organization works to reduce maternal death, statistics are not kept and many deaths go unreported in the village. Culture dictates that its prohibited for people to discuss death of a pregnant woman or at birth, therefore am sharing this as concern and world should know, as a youth advocate i have a passion to advocate and help out this situation, and save women life.

    • Jul 22
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    It is a belief in Tanga Tanzania that when a woman is pregnant, it should be kept as a secrete where apart from the husband no one else should know because they believe if many people know then one can bewitch the woman and to the community its a belief that all women who loose life and children during birth is as a result of witchcraft not poor maternal care services. To hide the pregnancy during this time, women buy very big free dresses locally called DELA, that cannot revile the pregnancy, therefore they ensure they cover themselves well for people not to realize they are pregnant.
    For this reason if the woman has any complication that needs people around her, like relatives, friends and community leaders maybe to rush her to the hospital and offer same care, she is not able to approach anyone and the matter becomes more bad if the husband is polygamous or irresponsible. In Tanga many women have lost their lives in this way and it remains a very rampant practice in the region. We know that one way to ensure safe pregnancy and motherhood is by ensuring the whole community is protecting and taking care of its pregnant women but here its different.
    I invite comments and people views in how Tanga Women can be empowered to reduce maternal mortality.

    • Jul 23
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    Women Deliver just featured a program in Tanga in the Celebrating Solutions section. Check it out!:

    • Jul 23
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    Ooh yes! am well informed about what UHAI CT does in Tanga in fact i have participated in the project through one of the funded CSO in the community, actually its a amazing and we welcome more partner to come and work in Tanga.

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