New York – This Sunday, the New Times Magazine focused on women's rights and the realities of women's lives around the world in a special issue called, "Saving the World's Women." Women Deliver's advocacy efforts are in line with many of the issues explored in the magazine – women's rights, equality, maternal health, newborn health, girls' education, and more. The articles are compiled by NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, incredible advocates for maternal health and women in developing countries. Some of the magazine's featured articles include:
The Women's Crusade: This piece is written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the new book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The article argues that investing in and focusing on girls and women is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. "The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren't the problem; they're the solution," writes Kristof and WuDunn. There is also an opportunity for NGOs and individuals to submit their own stories about their work in educating girls, supporting women's health, or empowering women around the world in the "Half the Sky Contest."
A New Gender Agenda: This interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton focuses on the need to achieve gender equality and women's rights in order to ensure global peace and security. "We are having as a signature issue the fact that women and girls are a core factor in our foreign policy," says Clinton.
A School Bus for Shamsia: In this article, a writer tells the story of his return to Afghanistan to buy a bus for Afghan girls who were attacked on their walk to school. "In 2001, only a million Afghan children were enrolled in school, all of them boys," writes the author, Dexter Filkins. "The education of girls was banned. Today, approximately 7 million Afghan children attend school, of which 2.6 million, or roughly a third, are girls." But there is still a long way to go.
Questions for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: The President of Liberia talks about equality and the power of women.
"NY Times: If women ran the world, would wars still exist?
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: No. It would be a better, safer and more productive world. A woman would bring an extra dimension to that task — and that's a sensitivity to humankind. It comes from being a mother."
Find more articles dedicated to the issue of "Saving the World's Women," here.