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...
March 12th, 2015
March 10th, 2015
By: Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation
“Let the 21st century be the century of women,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has famously said. “The empowerment and rights of girls and women must be at the heart of everything we do.”
“Make it happen,” one can easily imagine women from around the world saying to UN member states in response. Fittingly, “Make It Happen” is a motto for this year’s International Women’s Day. Read more...
March 5th, 2015
March 5, 2015, New York, NY – To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), Women Deliver is honoring 15 journalists for their consistent and game-changing coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues at the global and national levels. Read more...
February 25th, 2015
New York, NY, 25 February 2015 – In May 2016, thousands of world influencers, advocates, activists, researchers, policymakers, young people, journalists, private sector leaders, and members of civil society will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, to share ideas and strategize on how to make the world a better place for girls and women. Read more...
February 17th, 2015
By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver
Despite years of investment and progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the disease remains the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 in Ethiopia. In addition, adolescent girls remain disproportionately at risk of infection. The Population Council’s Biruh Tesfa project is seeking to change this by taking a “whole girl” approach to addressing HIV infection – social isolation, economic insecurity, poor access to services, and sexual and gender-based violence. Read more...
February 9th, 2015
By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver
Globally, girls and women have less access to health care. In India, for example, 80 percent of healthcare facilities are located in urban areas, while 72 percent of the population lives in rural regions, creating significant challenges for health and well-being of girls and women. Without adequate access to comprehensive health services, preventative care, and treatment, girls and women are more likely to acquire diseases like HIV, suffer from malnutrition, and experience other health complications. Fortunately, there are people like Zubaida Bai working to change this. Read more...
February 2nd, 2015
By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver
Sadhana is one of five sisters, living in a remote village in Maharashtra, India. Like many others, they were born to parents who felt that girls were a burden and who were therefore indifferent to them. We discovered her story hidden in the New York Times as an opinion piece. It was written by Priyanka Chopra, known globally as a prominent Indian actor but by her own preferred definition, a UNICEF ambassador devoted to promoting child rights. Read more...
January 15th, 2015
January 15, 2015, New York, NY – Women Deliver announces the opening of the application process for their new Young Leaders Program (YLP). The YLP is a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women around the world. Read more...
January 5th, 2015
By: Women Deliver and Maureen Oduor
Women Deliver eagerly celebrates the gradtion of one of our Young Leaders, Maureen Oduor, who received her Bachelors degree Kampala International University in December. Rather than shining the spotlight on herself, Maureen took the opportunity to use her graduation celebration as a platform to bring local and international light to the issue of education accessibility and the need for girls’ access to schooling. This is her story. Read more...
December 29th, 2014
By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver
Every girl deserves an education, and one major American magazine is joining the global campaign to prioritize the education of at-risk girls all over the world. Glamour magazine has collaborated with four nonprofits to raise money for girls to help them attend secondary school.
Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor in chief, said that the magazine started The Girl Project in part because of recent world events, including the girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria and the many schools damaged in Gaza. Read more..
December 18th, 2014
A statement from the independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health; Originally posted by WHO
GENEVA, DECEMBER 18, 2014 - As we commemorate today International Migrants Day, there are more people living abroad, more Internally Displaced People (IDP’s), more irregular migrants, more refugees, and more asylum seekers than ever before in the history of mankind.
Many of these people live under degrading conditions, facing the threat of becoming victims of human trafficking, facing discrimination, racism, violence, they are prone to disease and have no, or very poor and limited, access to basic human rights like education and health care. Read more...
November 25th, 2014
As we mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual campaign to end all forms of violence against women, Women Deliver is excited to join the global call to action.
Alongside CEO Katja Iversen’s appeal to world leaders and policymakers to make the safety of girls at school a priority in her article for Thomson Reuters Foundation, Women Deliver is sharing the stories of some of our Young Leaders who are taking action to end violence against girls and women around the world. During the next two and a half weeks, we will be updating our Instagram daily with a photo and story about the amazing work our youth advocates are doing in their home countries. Read more...
November 21st, 2014
Many start-up social enterprises with promising solutions to improve the lives of girls and women fail because they lack strategic planning, mentorships for staff, exposure or capital investments. The Girl Effect Accelerator is now working to solve these problems and help already proven social ventures scale impact to reach more girls and women worldwide.
Through a partnership between the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute, the world’s first accelerator was launched at the beginning of November in San Francisco, training the first cohort of 10 social ventures. The accelerator aligned the 10 ventures with first-class mentorship, strategic financing, and access to a global network of support with the objective of rapidly scaling up the benefits these ventures can bring to girls in poverty. Read more...
October 30th, 2014
By: Katja Iversen and Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver; Originally posted by The Huffington Post
With the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new release of the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Index, the world has more hard data than ever before to support the claim that investing in girls and women is a win for everyone. The Global Gender Gap Index analyzes whether women have the same opportunities as men in the arenas of health, education, economic participation and political empowerment, and discusses the implications of disparities for global development. Evidence from this year’s report is both reassuring and disconcerting. Read more...
October 28th, 2014
By: Koki Agarwal, Director, MCHIP and forward by Katie Millar, Technical Writer, MHTF
This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series, which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.
Forward: In the following post, Dr. Agarwal speaks of an unfortunately common problem between health workers and mothers: disrespect and abuse. This problem and its solution—respectful maternity care—play a role not only in health outcomes for the mother, but for the baby as well. At the Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health technical meeting, Rima Jolivet and Jeff Smith reviewed research that showed emotional support during labor significantly decreases:
- The need for pain medication during labor
- The rate of prolonged labor, labor complications, episiotomies, caesarean sections, low apgar scores, lack of exclusive breastfeeding, and severe postpartum depression
- The risk of newborn sepsis
October 14th, 2014
By: Melinda Gates; Originally posted by Impatient Optimists
One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to talk to women and girls all over the world. As different as our lives may seem, I’m always struck by how much we share in common. At some level, all women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones. And if we have children, we want them to have the brightest futures possible, full of the chances and opportunities they deserve.
For these reasons, women and girls are some of the development community’s most valuable allies. And that’s why, when I’m not in the field meeting with women and girls, I’m working to ensure that they are at the center of our development efforts. As I’ve told our partners all over the world, this isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing—because when women are empowered, they use that power to lift others up. They help everyone around them stand on their own two feet. Read more...
October 13th, 2014
By: Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change and Youth Champions Iniative; Originally posted by Impatient Optimists
‘Fashion week’ just ended for the global development community, when thousands of international leaders convened in New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Presidents, ministers, donors, UN leaders, and CEOs celebrated the newest designs in global development: stylish poverty reduction plans, glamorous partnerships to prioritize girls’ education, and beautiful spokespeople for the latest hot issues like climate change and child trafficking. Read more...
October 13th, 2014
By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver; Originally posted by The Huffington Post
Medical authorities worldwide are struggling to contain the deadly Ebola virus wherever it breaks out, but one reality in the countries most affected is not receiving adequate attention. The outbreak is affecting girls and women more than boys and men - those who are infected as well as those who are not. Read more...
September 19th, 2014
By Katja Iversen and Massimo Berruti; Originally posted by MSNBC
Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver
In the U.S., the average girl can pour herself a glass of clean water when she’s thirsty. She can walk to school on paved streets without sewage getting in her way. And, when she matures, she can easily purchase feminine hygiene products and use a private restroom at her convenience. Her period is a nuisance, but it does not disrupt her day – or her life.
This is not the reality for the world’s poorest girls and women. Basic necessities — safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies — are scarce and often unavailable to girls and women living in poverty. These stark conditions jeopardize the health, education and well-being of girls and women in ways the average American cannot, and does not have to, imagine. Read more...
September 16th, 2014
These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.
By: Chukwudera Bridget Okeke, Concern Women International Development Initiative (Nigeria)
In Nigeria, people speak many different languages, so it is important to cater to each target population’s language needs. For the implementation of the project, all presentations used for training workshops were translated into the Tiv dialect, as majority of the participants did not understand English. In addition, we have trained and deployed more Female Sex Workers (FSW) as peer-educators, since many are native Tiv speakers. This has allowed us to reach more people, including FSW and their clients who are not based in brothels. While we were initially concerned about this language barrier, our efforts seem to have overcome this challenge. Given the feedback we have received, it appears that more and more FSW are being reached by the project. An important lesson to be learned from this, however, is that understanding the local context is crucial to the success of a project. Read more…