The Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project released a list celebrating 25 amazing women, as part of a month-long tribute to the vital role women and youth play in creating an environmentally sustainable future. The diverse list includes leaders of grassroots organizations, nonprofits, and government, as well as advocates for sustainable development, policy makers, educators, researchers, and program specialists from around the world. Women Deliver is proud to announce that the list features Women Deliver founder and President, Jill Sheffield, and Senior Advisor, Frances Kissling.
Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization working to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal number five—to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Sheffield has served as a Commissioner to support the efforts of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. She is also the founder of Family Care International, a distinguished non-governmental organization and winner of the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Frances Kissling is a Senior Advisor to Women Deliver and is instrumental in planning the program for the Women Deliver 2013 conference. Kissling is a scholar and activist in the fields of religion, reproduction, and women’s rights. She was President of Catholics for a Free Choice from 1982 until 2007, and is now a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Kissling was a 2007–2008 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program, part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She regularly contributes to The Nation and The Huffington Post.
To suggest other women who are making a difference in their field, leave a comment here. For more inspiration, take a look at the list of the Women Deliver 100, which features amazing individuals who have delivered for girls and women.