Why Investing in Women and Girls Makes Economic Sense

By: Mandy Moore; Originally Posted on ONE

I woke up in India’s capital of Delhi and piled into a car for an hour’s drive down unpaved muddy roads, through crowded streets where stagnant sewage water filled the lanes between buildings and houses. This was the most recent trip of many I’ve taken as an advocate for the health and rights of girls and women in the developing world as a global ambassador for Population Services International (PSI). Read More...  

Heed past lessons to deliver for girls and women – and drive progress for all

By: Jill Sheffield; Originally Posted on Thomson Reuters 

There was a lot on the line for the world’s girls and women last week as global leaders meet at UN headquarters for a once-in-a-generation summit on international development. Last time around, 15 years ago, I was there – and it didn’t turn out so well for girls and women. We’re more optimistic today, with the UN Secretary-General and many global leaders personally pledging to make the Sustainable Development Goals work for girls and women. Read More...


Education and Health: the Spandrels to Build a Gender Equal World

By: Graca Machel and Dr. Mark Dybul; Originally Posted on: Huffington Post 

This year, as students return to school, we should think about young people as individuals, rather than as issues. For any individual woman to gain equal opportunity, what would she need as a girl? Education and health. Intertwining education and health can ensure that girls not only survive, but thrive and reach their full potential. Separately, education and health are important for every girl. Linked together, they could change the world. Read More...

Time to Make the new Sustainable Development Goals Matter Most for Girls and Women

By: Katja Iversen & Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where no baby is born with HIV, where every girl is able to attend school and get a quality education, and where everybody—and that includes girls and women —can fulfill their potential and help accelerate progress for all. That world is within reach —and it is time for global action. Read More...

Is Investing in Nutrition the Key to Achieving the Global Goals?

By: Brittany Tatum; Originally Posted on Global Citizen

There are an estimated 795 million people in the world who don’t have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. That’s 1 out of 9 experiencing malnutrition, sometimes with devastating outcomes. Malnutrition contributes to roughly half of the 8.8 million child deaths per year. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is the biggest trigger for multiple diseases and risk factors, including stunted growth, obesity-related conditions, and iron-deficiency anemia. However, there are actions that can improve nutrition and the health of girls and women. Read More...

A Win for Women and Girls; Now Words Must Become Action

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...

Turning Ideas Into Action

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver 

How do we turn ideas into action? That has been the question on everyone’s mind during Clinton Global Initiative’s Week of Action. From 9 July to 17 July, change-makers from across sectors met to discuss new and proven solutions within a range of challenges. On 16 July gender equality was put on the table, and five experts that make it their mission to invest in girls and women met on a panel called “Inclusion to Equality: Amplifying the Contributions of Girls and Women”. Read More...

Why you should think twice about ignoring women’s sports

By: Katja Iversen; Originally Posted on Women in the World 

If money talks, then the Women’s World Cup was a whisper at best. After Team USA’s win over Japan in the final last Sunday, the shocking disparity between women’s and men’s World Cup winnings has been thrown into sharp focus. To add insult to injury, FIFA’s financial statements relegate the Women’s World Cup to “other FIFA events.” Read More...


Girls in sport: More and better research needed to level the playing field

By Flavie Halais; Originally posted on Devex 

The movement to use sports as a catalyst for improving the lives of girls and women is growing, but what’s the evidence that supports the various benefits and uses of sports? And what kind of additional research is needed to help development professionals design smarter programs?

Researchers and practitioners who gathered at the Girl Power in Play Symposium, held last month in Ottawa, Canada, weighed in on how we can help build a better case for the role sports can play in the post-2015 agenda. Read More...

#GirlsCan Campaign Scores For Health at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

By: Anna Dirksen, PSI Consulation; Originally Posted on PSI

The United States faces off against Japan this Sunday in the long awaited final round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. With both teams ranked in the top four before heading into the tournament, there’s no telling which country will walk away victorious. The only sure winner this weekend will be a team of players who will never actually step onto the pitch: #GirlsCan. Read More...

Girls’ Participation in Sports: What We Know and What We Need to Know

By: Martha Brady, Population Council 

This month Canada is hosting the largest and most diverse Women’s World Cup tournament in history. With 24 teams (up from 16 in 2011), hundreds of players, and tens of thousands of fans from across the globe, the 2015 Women’s World Cup clearly illustrates the extraordinary growth in women’s sports. In addition to the expected teams from Europe, England, Canada, the United States, Japan, China, and Australia, exciting and powerful teams from low and middle income countries have been performing on this world stage. Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Korea, among others, have played to record crowds in stadiums throughout Canada. Read More...

Global Leaders: Get More Girls in the Game!

Against the backdrop of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a coalition of leading athletes and advocates are calling on policymakers and sporting organizations worldwide to increase investments in girls’ sports programs as a path to improve gender and health equality globally. The Call to Action was launched on June 19th at the Girl Power in Play Symposium, hosted by global advocacy organizations Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right to Play, One Goal and Global Alliance for Improved Ntrition (GAIN). Read More...

When #GirlsCan Play, Everybody Wins!

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...

Women Deliver Young Leader Oumie Sissokho to Host Camp for Girls Affected by FGM

Women Deliver Young Leader Oumie Sissokho is a co-founder of The Girls’Agenda, a community-based organization in Gambia that empowers girls and women in areas like reproductive health, human rights, and life skills that protect girls and women from abusive relationships and forced and early marriages.

In August 2015, The Girls’ Agenda is partnering with For My Sister to host a summer Camp for 100 young women between the ages of 14 and 24. This intensive summer camp will focus on issues that affect the young women's well-being, progress, liberty, and freedom. The empowerment forum will focus on comprehensive sexuality education, leadership skill building, mentorship opportunities, and education on harmful traditional practices (with an emphasis on early marriage and female genital mutilation). Read more...

Business as Unusual: Women Deliver Shares Insight at Shared Value Summit

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...

Dr. Peter Cairo Continues to be a Champion for Women as New Chair of the Board for Women Deliver

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...

Women Deliver Announces New Cohort of 200 Young Leaders

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...

The Future is Young and Female

By: Joanna Hoffman; originally posted on Peace is Loud

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda on the Power of Girls to Drive Progress, Male Responsibility, and the Future of Development

At this year’s 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), delegates and advocates from around the world convened at the United Nations to review progress made and challenges remaining since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women. Twenty years after attending the Beijing conference, Peace is Loud speaker and World WYCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda provides an inspiring, bold call to action to allocate sufficient resources to women, end child marriage, hold men accountable, and acknowledge the ways girls and young women are already changing the world. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Boys Learning to Take a Stand against Violence in Kenya

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

Violence against women is prevalent in Kenya. According to government data from 2008-2009, nearly half of Kenyan who have ever been married have been physically abused by husbands. The same survey showed that over half of women believe that men have the right to beat their wives.

Ujamaa Africa, whose mission is to promote health, personal security and economic empowerment for vulnerable women and children, is trying to change this. The organization is currently running a program called Your Moment of Truth, a project to end violence against girls and women in slums in Nairobi by encouraging adolescent boys to take action. Read more...

New UN Report Highlights Progress, Challenges and Way Forward in Women’s and Children’s Health

2010 was a pivotal year for women and children around the world; that is when the Secretary-General of the United Nations launched the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health. The Strategy emerged from a year-long advocacy push by Women Deliver, and many other organizations, to accelerate progress towards achievement of the Health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Read more...

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