It is with great excitement that Women Deliver’s CEO, Katja Iversen, has been selected for the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population as a new member. Established in 2011, the Group provides a structured way for Civil Society Organizations to contribute to, influence and share information, lessons learned, and advice on the development of World Bank Group plans, policies and programs in health, nutrition and population (HNP) in low- and middle-income countries. The Group consists of 16 civil society experts from both national and international organizations on issues related to HNP in different regions. Members serve on a voluntary basis for three years. Read more...
Katja Iversen Joins World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition & Population
March 23rd, 2015
February 24th, 2015
By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver
I am an optimist. Some would say I am a naïve optimist. Others would say I am an impatient optimist. There may be some truth to this, but after more than a decade working in global health I can say with confidence that over the next ten years we will make significant and sustainable change to improve the lives of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. It will happen gradually and require a strong global strategy, but it is possible. Just think about how much progress has been made over the last two decades: maternal deaths have dropped by almost half, contraceptive use has increased, more girls are in school, more women are in leadership positions, and women’s rights are more widely recognized. 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 7th, 2014
Nargis Shirazi, featured in the article below, is one of Women Deliver's 100 Young Leaders selected to attend the Women Deliver 2013 Conference.
June 21st, 2013
Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council.
The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Some 35% of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30% of women worldwide. Read more...
May 30th, 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...
May 29th, 2013
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...
May 29th, 2013
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...
May 28th, 2013
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...
April 25th, 2013
Jhpiego, a global health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, works to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. For 40 years and in more than 155 countries, Jhpiego has been innovating to save lives by developing low-cost solutions to global health challenges. Read more...
February 25th, 2013
Global Leaders To Call For Action On Maternal & Reproductive Health At Women Deliver 2013 Conference
February 21st, 2013
High-level participants join program for advocacy organization’s landmark meeting in Kuala Lumpur
A number of influential leaders are confirmed to participate in the Women Deliver’s third global conference, Women Deliver 2013, which will take place on May 28-30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Speakers at the conference will include:
- Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director of United Nations Women
- Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
- Dr. Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute; Co-founder & Chairman, Gapminder Foundation
February 1st, 2013
In 2000, the United Nations took bold action to address critical global health and development challenges impacting the world’s poorest populations. The results were the Millennium Development Goals. By thinking big and collectively holding ourselves accountable for results, the global community has come together to improve the health and well-being of millions of people. Read more...
January 25th, 2013
Originally posted in Global Health and Diplomacy
The Center for Global Health & Diplomacy (GHD) launched its World Economic Forum (WEF) edition on Accountability and Transparency in Global Health, featuring President Kikwete and Prime Minister Harper.
Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013 – With World Bank estimates indicating that up to 80% of health funds never reach local facilities in some countries, The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD)’s WEF edition features global health leaders and champions writing about the importance that accountability and transparency play in battling maternal health deaths and deadly disease such as Malaria and Tuberculosis. Read more...
January 10th, 2013
By: Kate Mitchell; Originally posted on Maternal Health Task Force
The Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC2013) is right around the corner! In an effort to engage a broad audience, the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the three plenaries will be live-streamed and archived. In addition, all conference sessions will be archived and available for viewing within 24 hours of presentation time. Read more...
January 10th, 2013
Why is it that we can buy Coca-Cola beverages virtually anywhere, when basic health products like oral rehydration therapy or condoms are unavailable in many of those same places? As discussed in a recent Princeton Seminar on Global Health, the answer to this question and others may lie in applying the relevant expertise of the private sector to new health initiatives through public-private partnerships for the improvement of global health. Although global health was historically dominated by UN agencies and bilateral organizations, new partnerships with the private sector have emerged since the 1990s. Read more...
December 10th, 2012
By: Lisa Russell, MPH, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of MDGFive.com; Originally posted on Huffington Post
I came across a photograph on my Facebook news feed a few months ago that depicted a mural in Rome scribed with the quote, "The role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible."
As a documentary filmmaker and social activist, my first reaction was to share it amongst my more so-called "radical" artist colleagues who are participating in revolutionary movements, such as those in the Middle East, or protesting police brutality in New York City, or engaging in some other form of political protest. However, I realized I should have forwarded it to my maternal health colleagues as well. Read more...
December 6th, 2012
Advocacy organization’s third triennial global conference in May 2013 will draw 5,000 policymakers, researchers and advocates to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
New York, NY, December 6, 2012—Media registration is now open for the Women Deliver 2013 conference, the largest meeting of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. This landmark event expects to draw 5,000 leaders and advocates to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 28-30, 2013. The 2013 conference, which will be hosted for the first time in Asia, follows Women Deliver’s historic conferences previously held in London in 2007 and Washington, D.C. in 2010. Read more...
October 1st, 2012
By Amy Lieberman; Originally posted on Devex
There is some suspicion around the increasing role of the private sector on global health care delivery, especially in developing countries, admits Geralyn Ritter, senior vice president of pharmaceutical company Merck’s global public policy and corporate responsibility department. But the reality remains: The private sector now provides about half of the health care services in Africa and for roughly 80 percent of families in South Asia. Read more...
September 26th, 2012
By: Rachel Wilson; Originally posted on PATH Blog
This blog post is published in collaboration with a campaign led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in support of Every Woman Every Child.
Medicines, resuscitators, contraceptives—they’re all essential tools with the potential to save lives. But in developing countries, too often these commodities and others are in short supply or not available at all. Read more...