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Wedu Helps Rising Stars Reach their Full Potential

By: Mario Ferro, Co-Founder and CEO of Wedu

Wedu is one of the winners of the Women Deliver Social Enterprise Challenge and the first-ever Global Solution Awards, which highlight innovative approaches to social entrepreneurship aiming to improve the lives of girls and women.  Winners were announced at the third Women Deliver conference in May 2013.

Wedu unlocks the next generation of female leaders in South East Asia by providing inspiring mentorship for leadership development and innovative financial options to complete university. We aim to revolutionize the leadership development landscape and connect thousands of Rising Stars from the most underprivileged backgrounds to the opportunity to achieve large scale social change in their communities in a financially sustainable manner. You can all join us becoming a Mentor for a Rising Star, an Education Angel, or just contact us to know more. Read more...

RH Journal Article on Youth at Women Deliver 2013

The latest issue of Reproductive Health Journal includes an article on the health and development needs of young people as highlighted at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The sixteen co-authors put together key themes which emerged at the conference and developed solutions to improving the health and well-being of youth worldwide. Read more...

Keeping My Soul Right: Making Global Health Films on Women and Girls

By: Lisa Russell; Originally posted on Huffington Post

"Why do you always make bad films about Africa?"

As a Western documentary filmmaker who has traveled over 25 times to the African continent, I have been asked this question a lot, mostly by my African friends. And while I try to justify my work by elaborating on my "pure" intentions and my heartfelt efforts to retain the dignity of the people I film in my story, the reality is, making films about women and girls in Africa, as a non-African, usually means focusing my camera on the suffering, the struggles and the challenges facing African people. Read more...

Media coverage of child marriage in Malaysia – Reflections

By: Nicole Helwig,  Malaysian Child Resource Institute; Originally posted by Girls Not Brides

Child marriage has been hitting the headlines in Malaysia. In 2010, for example, the cases of a 10 and an 11 year-old girl who had been married to men in their 40s made national news. More recently, rape charges were dropped when in May this year, a 13 year-old girl reportedly ‘agreed’ to marry her 40 year-old alleged aggressor.  The press reported that permission was granted for the marriage by an Islamic court, generating heated reactions. These cases do help to raise awareness that the practice of child marriage is a problem in Malaysia. After all, it is too often denied that child marriage is even an issue in this country. Read more...

Women Deliver PBS Documentary Airs this Weekend

PBS attended the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, and captured the event's highlights in a thirty-minute documentary airing this weekend. Executive Producer Cari Stein met with Melinda Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the issues facing girls and women worldwide, and the ways in which their health and well-being should be prioritized. Read more...

Back From Kuala Lumpur: Facing a New Reality

By: Mallah Tabot, Women Deliver 2013 100 Young Leader; Originally posted on Staying Alive Foundation website

Three weeks ago I was up in the air, flying my way to Malaysia for the Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference. I happened to be on the same flight with several other attendees . You’d think I identified them by networking. No. Actually, I could tell because everyone was either proof-reading a presentation, or glancing through some documents, or rehearsing for their panels. Read more...

PSI, Women Deliver and Luminaries Honor Champions in Women’s Health at the 2013 Impact Awards

PSI President and CEO, Karl Hofmann and Women Deliver President, Jill Sheffield were joined by guests of honor Global Health Corps CEO and co-founder Barbara P. Bush, and singer-songwriter, actress and PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore on Wednesday to present awards to four visionaries in girls’ and women’s health at the Impact Awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

The second annual Impact Awards, hosted by leading international NGOs Population Services International (PSI) and Women Deliver, recognized the exceptional leadership and determination of these four recipients in the field of girls and women’s health. Recipients of the Impact Award were chosen by the editors of PSI’s flagship publication, Impact Magazine, and Women Deliver. The ceremony coincided with the Women Deliver 2013 Conference, which has brought thousands of experts and advocates to Malaysia. Read more...

Women Deliver 2013 Concludes With a United Call to Invest in Girls and Women

World leaders and advocates demand girls and women are prioritized in lead-up to 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline and beyond

Jill Sheffield and Melinda Gates present first-ever Women Deliver Rising Star Awards to young leaders fighting for progress for girls and women

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 30 May 2013 – Women Deliver 2013 concluded today with a call for continued investments in girls and women. The conference was the largest of the decade focused on girls’ and women’s health and rights, bringing together more than 4,500 leaders and advocates representing over 2,200 organizations and 149 countries. Read more...

Women Deliver Announces Winners of the Global Solutions Awards

Today, Women Deliver announced the three winners of the first-ever Social Enterprise Challenge at the 3rd global conference held in Kuala, Lumpur Malaysia. Each of the winners of the Global Solutions Awards will receive a $5,000 prize to continue the important work they are doing for girls and women. The winners are:

  1. First Place: New Incentives; newincentives.org
  2. Second Place: Black Girls Code; BlackGirlsCode.com
  3. Third Place: Wedu; wedufund.org

Read more...

Global Leaders Call for Accelerated Progress on Family Planning at Women Deliver 2013

Melinda Gates, Babatunde Osotimehin and others highlight progress in expanding contraceptive access

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 29 May 2013 – On the second day of Women Deliver 2013, the largest conference on girls and women of the decade, global leaders announced progress and new commitments toward expanding contraceptive access for women in developing countries. They also outlined plans for sustaining this momentum in the years to come. Read more...

Youth Leaders Discuss Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Services at Women Deliver 2013

By: James Kityo, The Key Correspondents Programme

The Key Correspondents Programme is covering the Women Deliver 2013 global conference live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 28 – 30.

At Women Deliver 2013 this week, two key partners for the Link Up project, the ATHENA Network and the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), met with youth leaders from around the world on a range of issues that affect them when it comes to services for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV. Read more...

Contraception and Gamified Advocacy

By: Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver and Matti Navellou, Global Poverty Project; Originally posted on Huffington Post

It's time to modernize advocacy efforts to empower girls and women.

222 million women currently lack access to modern contraception. That's 222 million women who can't plan their fertility, and 222 million women who can't plan their lives.

As notable policymakers, government leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders come together this week to discuss the global health and empowerment of girls and women at the 3rd Women Deliver Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - now is the time to rethink effective advocacy in this area. Read more...

Girls’ & Women’s Health and Rights in Focus at Women Deliver 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Prime Minister Honourable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak and other global luminaries
open largest conference on girls and women of the decade

World Bank and Guttmacher Institute release new data on the value of investing in girls and women

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 May 2013 — Today, more than 4,000 global leaders and advocates from nearly 150 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for Women Deliver 2013, the largest conference of the decade focused on the health and wellbeing of girls and women. The opening sessions of this three-day event highlighted the critical need to invest in girls and women to spur development worldwide.

Malaysian Prime Minister Honorable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak delivered welcoming remarks and discussed Malaysia’s efforts to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women as a critical component of the nation’s development and economic growth. The Prime Minister highlighted Malaysia’s success in reducing maternal mortality, and offered to share lessons learned with countries working to improve maternal health. Read more...

Watch the Women Deliver 2013 Conference

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Women’s Rights in Global Cartoons

By: Liza Donnelly, Forbes Contributor; Originally posted on Forbes

The global advocacy group, Women Deliver, is hosting its third conference, May 28-30, 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This conference brings together thousands of activists, world leaders, healthcare professionals, corporate leaders, NGOs and global media outlets from around the world to discuss how to help improve the lives of women and girls. For the event, I was honored to be invited to curate an exhibit of international cartoonist’s art on the subject of women’s rights. The artwork, gathered from cartoonists from 22 different countries, is also collected and published in a book, titled, “Women Deliver, The World Receives.” It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to invite my colleagues to submit their artwork on the subject of women and women’s rights. Cartoons can get at the heart of difficult and important subjects in ways that words often cannot. It takes a village, and the village usually has a cartoonist or two. Read more...

Generation Z Delivers For Women’s Health

By: Joy Marini, Director of Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson; Originally posted on Huffington Post

A few days ago, my 17-year-old daughter asked for help on a school project about "Generation Z." I Googled it immediately. Apparently, "Generation Z" describes those born at the tail end of the Millennial generation (approximately 1982-2002). They are the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. They are reliant on technology to communicate and surveys indicate that they text and tweet as much as almost 80 times a day. Read more...

Harvesting Rainwater Helps Keep Girls Safe at School in Uganda

By: Gemma Bulos, Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder.

**Are you a journalist at Women Deliver? Contact Cecilia Snyder to arrange an interview of Gemma and other great leaders in Women and WASH!**

At Amuria High School in Uganda, even though female students live at the school as boarders, perfect attendance is not guaranteed. Girl children are required to fetch water during school hours and they can sometimes miss up to three hours of school. Along the way to retrieve water, they also face the threat of violent attack, including sexual assault. What is more, since there is no water on the school grounds, their meals can be served late, and during menstruation they can miss up to a week of studies because they can’t clean themselves properly. In fact, without a reliable supply of clean water to drink, as many as five girls per day faint from dehydration. Read more...

Getting Down to Business: Harnessing the Reach of the Private Sector to Deliver Affordable, Quality

By: Dr. Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

As the saying goes, “If better is possible, good is not enough.” This is certainly the case with efforts to reduce maternal mortality, which is not declining fast enough.

One area where I believe we can do “better” in delivering maternal health services is within the local private health sector.

In many developing countries – like India, Nigeria, and Uganda – most people get their healthcare from private providers. When people are in need of care, they often turn to a local doctor or nurse because of flexible hours; or visit a nearby pharmacy because it’s convenient; or perhaps even get care from a community health worker traveling door-to-door who they know and trust. Read more...

Prime Minister of Malaysia Welcomes Women Deliver 2013 Participants

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak has welcomed participants to Women Deliver 2013 in a letter expressing his appreciation and expectations for the conference. The Prime Minister is the keynote speaker of the conference, which is also streaming live.

Read the Prime Minister's letter.

Young Leaders Can Change the World – One Girl at a Time

By: Victoria Melhado, Women Deliver Young Leader 2013

Victoria is one of 100 Young Leaders from around the world selected to participate in a leadership development program as part of the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 27-30, 2013. The youth pre-conference is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Follow Victoria during the conference at @Vicmelhado.

My path to becoming a nurse, midwife, and an advocate for women’s health began before I knew what any of those things were. Read more...  

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