Originally Posted on IPPF
The governments of the world have committed to making sure that every girl and woman can live free from discrimination and have access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights within one generation. When implemented, this agenda will save millions of lives. Read More...
August 3rd, 2015
Originally Posted on IPPF
June 18th, 2015
By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver
Since the start of the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup on 5 June in Canada, there has been a definite buzz around women in sports. Much of the conversation has been targeted towards the lack of coverage and funding women’s sports receives on a global scale. Women Deliver knows the positive ripple effect that occurs when the world invests in girls – an investment that must include access to sport.
Sports programs provide a safe space where girls can learn, grow, and prosper. Even more, sport programs can serve as a powerful platform to connect girls and adolescents with vital information, skills, and strategies needed to tackle health risks and creative positive changes in their lives, particularly related to sexual and reproductive health. Read More...
May 15th, 2015
By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver
When is business at its best? That was the question on everyone’s mind during the Shared Value Summit – held 12-13 May in New York City – which gathered over 400 of the world’s thinkers and doers to deliver the “how-to” of building an inclusive strategy to improve both business and lives. Participants ranged from nonprofits to for-profits and discussed everything from global activism to operational impact. Read More...
May 12th, 2015
By Suzanne Ehlers; originally posted on Devex
When the Millennium Development Goals were first conceived, no one could imagine the incredible political and financial commitments they would mobilize from the donor community, country governments and civil society.
For donors, the goals provided a shared agenda that elevated a new standard of collaboration and coordination above narrow parochial inter ests. For governments, the goals encouraged accountability by placing their performance on improving health, strengthening governance and reducing poverty in the global spotlight. And finally, for civil society, the goals created a platform of rights and responsibilities to drive advocacy forward. Read More...
May 7th, 2015
Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, is delighted to announce the Dr. Peter Cairo has been named Chair of the Board for Women Deliver.
Dr. Cairo joined the board in 2014, with 20 years of experience as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University. He has played an integral part in the strategic planning of Women Deliver’s 2015 narrative and mission. Read more...
May 4th, 2015
New York, NY, 1 May 2015 – Women Deliver is happy to announce the selection of 200 new and exceptional young advocates who will join the organization’s Young Leaders Program—a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women around the world. The new Young Leaders come from 94 countries and work on a variety of issues, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and youth leadership and participation. Read more...
Katja Iversen Joins World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition & Population
March 23rd, 2015
It is with great excitement that Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, has been selected for the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population as a new member. Established in 2011, the Group provides a structured way for Civil Society Organizations to contribute to, influence and share information, lessons learned, and advice on the development of World Bank Group plans, policies and programs in health, nutrition and population (HNP) in low- and middle-income countries. The Group consists of 16 civil society experts from both national and international organizations on issues related to HNP in different regions. Members serve on a voluntary basis for three years. Read more...
March 5th, 2015
March 5th, 2015
March 5, 2015, New York, NY – To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), Women Deliver is honoring 15 journalists for their consistent and game-changing coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues at the global and national levels. Read more...
February 19th, 2015
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...
February 18th, 2015
By: Emily Teistworth, Director of Programs, Let Girls Lead; Originally posted on Huffington Post
Malawi outlawed child marriage last week. Following more than five years of undaunted advocacy by Malawian girls, their allies and civil society leaders, the country's Parliament tabled and passed the "Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill," increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years. This legal victory is a huge step forward for girls' and women's rights globally. The fact that it has been a painfully slow step merely serves to underscore its vital importance. Read more...
January 15th, 2015
January 15, 2015, New York, NY – Women Deliver announces the opening of the application process for their new Young Leaders Program (YLP). The YLP is a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women around the world. Read more...
January 5th, 2015
By: Women Deliver and Maureen Oduor
Women Deliver eagerly celebrates the gradtion of one of our Young Leaders, Maureen Oduor, who received her Bachelors degree Kampala International University in December. Rather than shining the spotlight on herself, Maureen took the opportunity to use her graduation celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of education accessibility and the need for girls’ access to schooling. This is her story. Read more...
December 29th, 2014
By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver
Every girl deserves an education, and one major American magazine is joining the global campaign to prioritize the education of at-risk girls all over the world. Glamour magazine has collaborated with four nonprofits to raise money for girls to help them attend secondary school.
Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor in chief, said that the magazine started The Girl Project in part because of recent world events, including the girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria and the many schools damaged in Gaza. Read more..
December 23rd, 2014
By: Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen, Women Deliver
The holidays are upon us, and with that an opportune time to reflect on what we have, what we want, what has happened over the past year, and what will come in the next.
2014 was, in many ways, a good year for those advocating for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. We saw more women gaining access to contraception, a continued momentum to ensure girls and women are prioritized in the post-2015 agenda, and an inclusion of human rights and involvement of young people included in the Secretary General’s draft synthesis report on the Sustainable Development Goals. However, we also saw conservative forces chipping away on sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world, and it is clear that there is still much work to be done. Read more...
December 12th, 2014
Today marks the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, and Women Deliver is proud to show our support as part of a coalition of 535 organizations from 103 countries around the world. Universal Health Coverage day marks the two-year anniversary of the United Nations resolution which endorsed universal health coverage as a pillar of sustainable development and global security. This day is intended to underscore the critical need for universal access to health services for the 1 billion people worldwide who are not able to access the care they need. Read more...
December 2nd, 2014
Last week, The Lancet published a special series on violence against women and girls to highlight the devastating impact of gender-based violence on the world, and how these acts of violence can be best prevented. Within the series, five papers cover the evidence base for interventions, discuss the vital role of the health sector in care and prevention, show the need for men and women to be involved in effective programs, provide practical lessons from experience in countries, and present a call for action with five key recommendations and indicators to track progress. Read more...
November 25th, 2014
By: Nebila Abdulmelik, Women Deliver Young Leader
As reports and videos emerged of women being stripped naked in public in both Kenya and Tanzania, activists and citizens of conscience began organizing around a campaign, #MyDressMyChoice which was also trending online. A protest was organized on November 17, in which hundreds of us took to the streets to protest the indignity and the violence that was faced by the women, as well as the affront to personal safety, security and choice. Read more...
November 13th, 2014
These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.
By: Wanzala E. Martin, Allied Youth Initiative – Uganda
In a bid to take the quest for improved sexual & reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for young people a notch higher, Allied Youth Initiative - Uganda (AYI - Uganda) conceived the Better-Quality Access for Youth (BAY) project idea to scale-up and deepen engagement around the issue. We have worked with partner organizations across the country over the last six months to advocate for meaningful investments in youth-focused SRH programs as a means to accelerate progress towards achieving the country’s local and international development targets by 2015. Through this initiative, we specifically targeted a diverse group of young people ages 15-30. Read more...
November 13th, 2014
By: Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change, and Youth Champions Initiative; Originally posted by
Nigeria, one of the richest countries in Africa, also boasts one of the world’s highest rates of maternal, newborn, and child death. One in 13 Nigerian women dies during pregnancy or childbirth, and one in 8 Nigerian children dies before their fifth birthday.
And Nigeria is not alone. The global realities are equally devastating – nearly three million newborn babies die annually, and 800 women die in childbirth every single day. That means that two women will die by the time you finish reading this article – assuming you read fast. Read more...