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Celebrate Solutions: Making Giving Go Further

By: Rati Bishnoi, Catapult

Until the end of January, Catapult—the first-ever crowdfunding platform for projects advancing the lives of girls and women—is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to match donations to seven proven projects that are helping improve the lives of girls and women and to continue the fight against gender inequality in 2013. Read more...

UN Passes Resolution to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This resolution was one of five passed yesterday to advance the rights of girls and women worldwide.

Approximately 140 million girls and women across the globe are affected by FGM, and each year an additional three million girls are at risk of being subjected to the practice. In Africa, it is estimated that 92 million girls under the age of 10 have undergone FGM. FGM can result in severe bleeding, urinary difficulties, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth, and is widely recognized as a human rights violation. Read more...

Top 2012 Highlights in Maternal Health

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to celebrate progress by looking back at some of the most memorable milestones and events of the past year. New reports launched this year show that we are moving in the right direction – maternal deaths are dropping, access to family planning is on the rise, and the health of girls and women remains a global priority. Moving into 2013, we look forward to seeing you at our third global conference and continuing our work together to ensure that girls and women are at the heart of development efforts. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Stopping Gender-Based Violence in Vietnam

By: Janna Oberdorf, Women Deliver

For too many women around the world, broken arms and bruised eyes are a part of daily life. Whether they are abused verbally or physically, by their husbands or even their mother-in-laws, these women live in constant fear and feel unable to escape. 

In Vietnam, where domestic violence is reportedly present in all areas of the country and across the social spectrum, the Improving Health Care Response to Gender-based Violence project was launched by the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents and the Population Council, and financial support from the Ford Foundation. Read more...

Women Deliver Announces Two Exciting Events at Women Deliver 2013 Global Conference

Women Deliver is pleased to invite you to participate in two exciting events at the Women Deliver 2013 conference: Cinema Corner and the Social Enterprise Challenge.

The Cinema Corner is an exciting opportunity to share your work on a global platform. Building on the success of the inaugural Cinema Corner that took place at the 2010 Women Deliver conference in Washington, DC, the 2013 event will include three days of screenings running concurrent to the conference. Films that are selected for screening at the Cinema Corner will be eligible for various prizes and accolades. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Eliminating Acid Violence in Bangladesh

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

In many countries around the world, gender-based violence is carried out through small vials of clear liquidsulfuric acid. “Acid attacks” are particularly prevalent in South-East and South Asia, and result in excruciating pain, burns, and often fatal complications. In Bangladesh, Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF)’s ongoing advocacy efforts have led to the passing of two laws aimed at preventing the practice, and the establishment of government-NGO partnerships to accelerate further progress.  This past year, they have been campaigning in support of the “Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill”, which would strengthen existing legislation criminalizing acid violence. Read more...

Women Deliver Opens Media Registration for Groundbreaking Conference on Girls and Women

Advocacy organization’s third triennial global conference in May 2013 will draw 5,000 policymakers, researchers and advocates to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

New York, NY, December 6, 2012—Media registration is now open for the Women Deliver 2013 conference, the largest meeting of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. This landmark event expects to draw 5,000 leaders and advocates to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 28-30, 2013. The 2013 conference, which will be hosted for the first time in Asia, follows Women Deliver’s historic conferences previously held in London in 2007 and Washington, D.C. in 2010. Read more...

Women Deliver Congratulates IPPF on its 60th Anniversary

Today, the International Planned Parenthood Federation celebrates its 60th year of advocating for girls and women’s reproductive health. IPPF began work in 1952, when 8 family planning organizations joined forces. Now, IPPF operates in 172 countries and delivers millions of services, making it the largest sexual and reproductive health and rights organization in the world. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Jordanian Media Campaign Increases Family Planning Use

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

Today, at least 222 million women worldwide have an unmet need for modern contraceptives.  Family planning is a proven life-saving solution with the power to avert 70% of maternal deaths, yet many people around the world do not have access to the contraceptive information and services they need.  This past year in Jordan, the USAID-SHOPS national media campaign was introduced to increase oral contraceptive use among women. The campaign has already seen promising results—there has been a 33% country-wide increase  in oral contraceptive pill sales. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Cambodian Coalition Works to End Sex Trafficking

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

When many of us envision the life of a girl, we picture her poring over her notebooks and spending time with friends. Yet for trafficked young women, these images are replaced by the reality of long trips from home to an unknown village for the promise of a good job, followed by years of physical and sexual abuse. Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world after drug and arms trafficking. Globally, about 2.5 million people are in forced labor at any given time, with the majority—1.4 million—working in Asian countries. Trafficking is especially rampant in Cambodia—over 2,000 victims were trafficked into the country in 2005. Fortunately, there are NGOs working to make a difference. Last year, the Coalition to Address Sexual Exploitation of Children in Cambodia (COSECAM) released a ten-year report highlighting successful efforts to prevent trafficking and help survivors rebuild their lives. Read more...

Celebrating Progress and Looking to the Future

By: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver

While deep into the planning stages of Women Deliver 2010, my phone rang and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office was on the other end. I was stunned, and also thrilled—it’s not every day that the head of the UN calls to ask to be part of an event. But the Secretary-General’s steadfast dedication to the health and well-being of girls and women has been clear from the beginning. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Addressing Gender-Based Violence to Decrease HIV rates in Uganda

By: Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver

Gender-based violence (GBV) contributes significantly to HIV prevalence in the world, specifically in HIV endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. SASA!, a program run by Raising Voices, is a community mobilization program based in Uganda that works to raise community awareness of GBV, and in turn reduce rates of HIV. Read more...

Global Female Condom Day

By: Nienke Blauw, Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme

Today, September 12, 2012 is the first ever Global Female Condom Day. Thousands of individuals and organizations from over 21 countries will join this event, initiated by several female condom advocates and coordinated by the US-based National Female Condom Coalition. The purpose of this dedicated day of action is to raise awareness and demonstrate the need for female condoms, promote their use, and call for greater access. Read more...

Women Deliver Releases Interim Report on Regional Consultations

Women Deliver released an interim report that highlights key recommendations and findings from three regional consultations held throughout 2012. The consultations, held in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Asia, focused on MDG5 (to improve maternal health and achieve universal access to reproductive health) and demonstrated that there are noticeable similarities and differences across the regions. Participants of all three consultations agreed that a post-MDG framework is needed to complete the unfinished agendas of ICPD and the MDGs, and that women’s health and rights must remain a political priority. Read more...

Interview with a Young Nigerian Advocate Attending Women Deliver 2013

By: Foluso Ajani; Originally titled "How I Got the Invitation for the Women Deliver Conference (Malaysia 2013)," and posted on MDGs in Africa

...e-terview with Dr. Foluso Ajani, an advocate for maternal and reproductive health rights. She is passionate about efforts to [improve] maternal health. In this short piece, she shares with us how she got the invitation for the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia and the ‘Refer and Reward Scheme’ she will present at the International Conference.

ACMA: Can we meet you?

Foluso: I am Foluso Ishola (nee Ajani), a highly motivated young Nigerian Medical Doctor, an activist and advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive rights, maternal and child health. Read more...

Women Deliver ‘Young Leader’ Wins Prestigious Journalism Award

John Muchangi Njiru, a young journalist from Kenya and one of Women Deliver’s “100 Young Leaders” from 2010 was recently presented with the HIV/AIDS Reporting Award at the 2012 CNN African Journalist Awards. Read more...

Partnering with Youth for International Youth Day 2012

August 12th marks the 4th anniversary of International Youth Day, an event organized and adopted by the United Nations. Recognizing the growing role and importance of young people as stakeholders in global development, this year’s theme, “Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth,” is a call to action for organizations and individuals to develop partnerships and involve youth, especially in the areas of education, including sexual and reproductive health; political inclusion; employment; and protection of rights. Read more...

Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation Youth Pre-Conference

From June 4-6 2012, Women Deliver, held its second regional consultation in Mexico City, in partnership with Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reduccion de la Mortalidad Materna (GTR). Discussion from the consultation is being used in agenda planning for Women Deliver's 2013 Global Conference.

This consultation gathered more than 180 participants and 12 young leaders from 13 different countries, who had the opportunity to attend through scholarships. Read more...

After the Summit: Down to Earth

By: Tewodros Melesse, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF); Originally posted on RH Reality Check

On the day of the London Summit on Family Planning, I left the hall a little late. The seats were already stacked away, the stage was bare, the screens had gone, most of the delegates had departed, and the cleaners were sweeping up discarded order papers and agendas. It might have never happened. Read more...

IAC 2012 – Youth Pre-Conference Report

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Last week, the Washington DC YouthForce convened nearly 200 young people prior to the International AIDS Conference. Participants gathered at Gallaudet University from July 18 – 20 with hopes of meeting new people, sharpening skills and preparing for meaningful youth participation during the conference.

At the end of three days of workshops, plenaries, trainings, sessions, video screenings, home-group meetings, pizza parties, music & dance events and more, there were several positive outcomes and key highlights. Not only are young participants now geared up for the week, prepared with technical skills, new relationships and energy; they also developed a crowd-sourced Declaration for Change in its final editing stages by the time the pre-conference ended. Read more...

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