Everywhere around the world women are making tremendous impacts in their communities. At Women Deliver we know that girls and women are the heart of sustainable development, and we think it’s time for their stories to be told. That’s exactly what Al Jazeera English’s Head of Documentaries, Ingrid Falck had in mind when she created the Women Make Change series, which will launch 26 September, tied to the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health. The series takes the viewer to five different countries, and shows the positive ripple effect of what happens when women are actively involved in their economies. Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, was fortunate enough to get to talk to Ingrid and find out exactly what the motivation was behind the series. Read More...
September 24th, 2015
December 22nd, 2014
By: Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver
Marginalized populations of people living with HIV/AIDS often suffer from stigma and discrimination. This discourages many of them from getting tested, and seeking or adhering to treatment and care. It affects their emotional well-being, dignity and quality of life thereby hindering many from achieving their full potential.
Marginalization is one of the major factors contributing to the low decline rate of HIV/AIDS infections globally. In 2013, there were 4.8 million people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific, with an estimated 3.1 million adults not receiving antiretroviral therapy, resulting in many deaths. India alone accounted for 51% of the total 250,000 deaths. Read more...
December 15th, 2014
By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver
Sujatha, a young garment worker from South East Asia, was struggling to care for her family while working as a low-level garment worker. Without access to education or professional training, she had little hope for a better future. Sujatha’s situation dramatically changed whenshe joined Gap Inc.’s Personal Advancement, Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) workplace education program. Today, Sujatha is a supervisor at a Gap Inc. source factory, a role model for her family and community, and living proof that that the benefits of corporate investments to improve the world for women ripple across society and business. Read more...
October 27th, 2014
By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver
In Zamfara state, a predominately Muslim region of Nigeria, women are traditionally dependent on their husbands, who are legally allowed to have up to four wives. Men are in control of their family’s resources, and it is difficult for women to have control over their own finances and that of their families. This fuels poverty and disempowerment, and contributes to the high disease burden, high fertility rate, and weak health systems for the more than four million people who live there. Read more...
May 26th, 2014
By: Rehema Namukose
Menstruation—the mere mention of that word to some people in my country, Uganda, will make them squirm and feel disgusted. Others consider it a private issue not worthy of discussion in public around men. These sentiments have contributed to the many factors that have hindered girls from freely attending school during such times of the month.
In some Nepalese and Bangladesh communities, people still practice backward taboos that depict menstruating girls as outcasts who are deemed unfit to live with others. They are not allowed to be in contact with anyone because they are viewed as cursed, and many such taboos are fueled by poverty. When a girl or woman cannot afford sanitary health care during this period, she will be viewed as dirty, shameful to the family, and to the community as a whole. This is why many girls' low rates of attendance of school have been linked to menstruation. Read more...
February 18th, 2014
By Dr. Denise Dunning; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists
My mom is from Argentina, and we often spent Christmas holidays there while I was growing up. When I was 12, I was riding on a train with my parents to spend Christmas Eve with family friends living outside of Buenos Aires. The mood on the train was festive – everyone was dressed up and many carried holiday gifts. At a station about 20 minutes outside the city, I saw a teenage girl board the far end of the train. The girl, only a couple years older than me, was carrying a baby and dragging a toddler along behind her. They were ragged and very poor – their faces were streaked with dirt and their clothes were torn. Read more...
August 5th, 2013
By: Denise Dunning, AGALI; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists
Like most girls in war-torn Liberia, 19 year old Oretha Yeagan has lived through more than her share of poverty and violence, dropping out of school in sixth grade when her mother couldn’t pay her school fees. But Oretha was lucky – she went to live in a safe home in Monrovia run by THINK, a Liberia-based NGO focusing on the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. There, she learned tailoring, finished school and now has plans to continue studying and become a computer analyst. Read more...
July 9th, 2013
Yesterday, the Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI) released a new research study on economic empowerment strategies for adolescent girls. Given the powerful linkage between the economic empowerment of girls and women and global development as a whole, this study is a groundbreaking source of information and strategic guidance. Read more...
September 24th, 2012
By Yousra Yusuf, Women Deliver
Women operate the majority of small farms and contribute more than 75% of all agricultural work worldwide, yet few of them own the land they cultivate and depend upon to feed their families. Secure land and property rights support economic growth, reduce poverty and provide opportunities for empowerment. Land ownership also provides women with economic access to market institutions and social access to non-market institutions, such as household and community relations. Read more...
April 26th, 2012
By: Smita Gaith, Women Deliver
General Mills and Merck subsidiary MSD India joined forces in 2009 to create the “Join My Village” project to support non-profit organization CARE. They are now due to expand that project from its initial site in Malawi to India.
Join My Village was created to offer girls and women in developing countries a means to access education as a gateway to more economic opportunities and better quality of life. As of December 2011, since launching in Malawi in 2009, the project has released over $1.2 million to CARE. Read more...
March 13th, 2012
February 23rd, 2012
February 3rd, 2012
2012 is already shaping up to be a year of progress and forward-thinking, particularly as we begin to construct a new development framework. Convening global and regional experts, engaging young people and revolutionizing funding for projects focusing on girls and women will be critical steps forward. With this in mind, the Women Deliver team has been hard at work planning for the 2012 Regional Consultations and the next global conference in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur; developing a funding platform; planning for the Commission on Population and Development; and continuing to advocate for the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. We’re excited 2012 is already shaping up to be a year of progress and forward-thinking, particularly as we begin to construct a new development framework. Read more...
February 2nd, 2012
January 30th, 2012
January 27th, 2012
January 25th, 2012
Every year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. Our Women Deliver 100 list in 2011, which featured 100 of the most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women, was covered by over 100 traditional and new media sources. This year, to continue the momentum, we are spotlighting the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women. We would love to hear what you think are the most innovative, impactful, and promising advancements in overcoming gender inequality. Read more...
January 25th, 2012
Davos, Switzerland – January 25, 2012 - Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD), a publication that provides a forum for communication between heads of state, health ministers, first ladies, civil society leaders, the private sector and global health experts, was launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
This publication fills the existing gap in the dialogue between global health, diplomacy, development and security. For many years these discussions have been compartmentalized into different journals. Global health solutions need to be broad based and encompass all stakeholders, thus, a publication that allows government officials, civil society, the private sector and global health experts to engage, discuss and offer solutions is an absolute necessity. Read more...
January 17th, 2012
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