From Image to Action: Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

By: Kelsi Boyle, Women Deliver
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what a saga Mark Tuschman weaves with his new book, Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge. Through his powerful stories and photographic portraits, Tuschman highlights the struggle of millions of women and girls to gain freedom over their own lives and bodies. Read More.. 

The Countdown to Trust Women 2013 Has Begun!

By: The Trust Women Team

Trust Women is more than just a conference. It is an influential international gathering with one goal: action. Women’s rights campaigners and leaders in the fields of law, finance, business, technology and government will come together in London on 3-4 December to forge strategic commitments to advance women’s rights. On the agenda: Fighting human trafficking; tackling slavery in the supply chain; prosecuting violence against women;  access to healthcare; the Arab Spring’s impact on women. Read more...

Five Global Health Events on the Same Day? How to Stay Connected at the UN General Assembly

By: Nicole Schiegg, Former USAID Senior Advisor; Strategic Comms Consultant; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Next week is the annual gathering of a "who's who" of political, private sector and civil society leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City. It is the culmination of several months of careful planning, especially for global health advocates who pack the week with side events that feature progress and hold the world accountable to do more for the world's most vulnerable. Read more...

Submit Photographs and Stories to Spotlight Maternal Health

In late September, PATH will be hosting a reception in New York to feature the specific ways that medicines and other supplies bring about improvements in maternal health. Attendants will likely represent nongovernment organizations, UN agencies, the UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities for Women and Children, Clinton Global Initiative, GBC Health’s Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, and other groups. They plan to display large, museum-quality photographs and produce a postcard book to help the audience connect emotionally with the issue and the plight of women in low-resource settings. Read more...

Youth as Changemakers: What the Past Dreamt, the Present Thought, and the Future Became

By: Yemurai Nyoni, Zimbabwe (President: Zimbabwe Young People's Network on SRH; Executive Committee Member: African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development) to participants at the Africa Regional RMNCH Advocacy Strategy Implementation Meeting hosted by PMNCH and the Africa MNCH Coalition

Today we have the largest youth population in history. This demographic trend translates to the need for deliberate investment in the development of young people in the broader global development context, because our gains in this regard rely greatly on what we do and don't do for young people.

As a young person, I appreciate that efforts have been made by African governments to involve us in the development processes that affect us. Read more...

Leaders Call for New Approach to Women’s Health

September 19, 2011, New York. Government, UN and civil society leaders today called for a new approach to women’s healthcare to address the devastating impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases in low and middle-income countries. Today, more than half of all female deaths in low and middle income countries are caused by NCDs. Read more...

UN Side Event: African First Ladies Forum

First-Ladies.jpgFirst Ladies & Health Ministers Forum: Developing Your Action Plan for Women’s Health will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and is presented by the Princess of Africa Foundation, International Development Strategies, Vestergaard Frandsen and Women Deliver. The discussion will focus on how we can improve women’s health together with other First Ladies and their respective Ministers of Health, officials from the World Bank and the World Health Organization, global health leaders, CEOs from corporations, the diplomatic community, and high profile humanitarians. Read more...

CARE Conference 2011 and International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8th will mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. To commemorate, CARE USA will host the CARE Conference and International Women’s Day Celebration March 8 – 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Read more...

Progress for the World’s Adolescent Women: The Adolescent Girl Initiative

By: Madeline Taskier, Partnership Coordinator at Women Deliver

The Preston Auditorium at the World Bank is an unlikely place for a hip-hop concert--especially a concert with a significant focus on women and girls. However, yesterday I attended the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) Event hosted by the World Bank and the Nike Foundation where energy and optimism flowed through the venue as passionate activists, performers, and leaders came to celebrate progress for adolescent girls. Read more...

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium

On September 20, White Ribbon Alliance Global Patron Sarah Brown, Mothers Day Every Day Advisor Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan will host the first annual Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium for some of the most powerful women in politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts. The WIE Symposium is an opportunity to highlight the ways in which people from all walks of life can contribute to the global effort to put an end to needless deaths from pregnancy and childbirth. In order to ensure that the symposium includes the next generation of powerful women, the WRA has hosted two competitions to support the participation of young champions for women from our National Alliances and from the United States. 50 Young Champions for Women and 7 National Alliance Young Women Advocates were selected to attend the event.

Event: Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health

The Maternal Health Task Force has been working with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a series of events on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.  The first event will occur next month on December 3 from 12PM to 2PM in Washington D.C. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The topic is the integration of HIV/AIDS and maternal health services. We encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend the event in person, a live webcast will be broadcasted (and archived for later viewing) at

Mother’s Day Around the World

Sunday, May 10, 2009, is International Mother’s Day. While it is a time to honor our own mothers, this day should also remind us of the 500,000 women who die every year from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth, and spur us to take action.

Leadership for Health: Looking Back

Last week’s amazing meeting of some of Africa’s most conscientious First Ladies showed that the momentum we felt take hold at the Women Deliver conference in 2007 — the awareness and concern about the grim challenges that too many mothers confront when attempting to give life — is gaining strength.

Review: A Powerful Noise LIVE

A Powerful Noise LIVE demonstrated not only the capacity for the field of Women’s Empowerment to put on a nation-wide advocacy event, but also the possibility of engaging the public in these issues.

An End to Female Genital Mutilation

Today, February 6, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Cutting.  The United Nations estimates that two million girls undergo FGM/C each year. The possible repercussions of FGM/C are numerous, including psychological trauma, difficulties during childbirth, gynecological problems, and death.

Maternal Health in the Spotlight

Yesterday, the event we co-organized at the UN Millennium Hotel was a giant success. At Commitment to Progress for Mothers, Newborns and Children, the co-hosts, Presidents of Chile, Finland, and the United Republic of Tanzania, put the world on alert that the 2015 targets to reduce maternal and child mortality will not be met without concerted global action.


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