Parliamentarians at #IPCI2014 Advocate for Rights of Women, Girls and Youth

Women Deliver welcomes the strong outcomes of the 6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI) held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 23rd-25th. This event that brough together parliamentarians from 125 countries served to reaffirm the strong consensus among global parliamentarians about the importance of positioning, population and development issues at the heart of the international development agenda.

A forward-looking and action-oriented  declaration called “Stockholm Statement of Commitment” was developed, under which parliamentarians unanimously advocated for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, human rights, youth participation,  and gender equality. The statement builds upon the commitments from previous IPCI conferences in Ottawa, Strasburg, Bangkok, Addis Ababa and Istanbul. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the end of the original ICPD mandate. Read more...

Parliamentarians Meet on ICPD Plan of Action

Over 300 Parliamentarians from around the world will gather in Istanbul today and tomorrow for the Fifth International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. Discussions will focus on holding governments accountable to the promise made at the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994 in Cairo—to protect and empower women in exercising their reproductive health and rights. Read more...

Rwanda: MPs Agree On Abortion

By: James Karuhanga; Originally posted on

Members of the Chamber of Deputies, yesterday, passed the draft Penal Code, with the majority voting in favour of an article that permits abortion under special circumstances.

The critical vote came after the House received and approved a report of an earlier established joint Chamber of deputies-Senate committee to review the bill.

Seven women MPs abstained from voting for or against Article 165, which absolves criminal liability for exceptional abortion cases, arguing it was hazardous to the Rwandan society.  Read more...

G(irls)20 Summit Communiqué Lists Recommendations for G20 Leaders on Closing Gender Gap

Girls20-Logo_France-URL.jpgDelegates participating in the G(irls)20 Summit in Paris presented French President Nicholas Sarkozy with a communiqué featuring recommendations on how G20 leaders can help reduce gender inequality and recognize the pivotal role women and girls play in advancing the global economy. Drafted by 21 young delegates -- all women under the age of 20 -- the communiqué features more than 30 specific recommendations on gender-based violence and inequality; education, training, and employment; political, economic, and social representation; and health; designed to influence global leaders convening at the G20 meetings in Cannes, France next month. Read more...

Family Planning, Healthier Economies

Originally posted by the World Bank on 09/24/2011
By: Julia Ross, Corporate and Home Page Editor for the World Bank website

Countries like South Korea and Thailand have seen similar demographic formulas work to their advantage in recent decades: falling fertility rates lead to burgeoning adult working populations lead to greater economic productivity.

How did they harness these changes to create engines of growth? According to speakers at a World Bank panel on “Realizing the Demographic Dividend,” greater investments in health, family planning, and gender equality paved the way, followed by further investments in education, youth development, and job creation. Read more...

Coalition Calls on U.K. Parliamentarians to Ensure Maternal Health Funding Pledges Are Fulfilled

A network of professional and civil society organizations are urging Ministers  of Parliament in the United Kingdom to use their “unique powers of advocacy, scrutiny, debate, legislation, budget setting, and monitoring” to ensure the government fulfills its funding pledges toward maternal and child health. Read more...

Global Parliamentarians’ Summit - Girls and Population: the forgotten drivers of development

This week on Monday and Tuesday (16th & 17th May) EPF and its French NGO partners (Equilibres et Populations and Mouvement Français Pour le Planning Familial) organized a Global Parliamentarians’ Summit entitled “Girls and Population: the forgotten drivers of development”. The event was hosted at the French National Assembly by EPF Vice-President Hon. Danielle Bousquet, and it brought together more than 60 parliamentarians committed to population and development issues from around the world, and from across the political spectrum. Read more...

124th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Shines a Spotlight on Maternal Health

Women and children’s health were on the agenda at the 124th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which took place April 15-20th in Panama City, Panama. The Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, gave the keynote address on “Building Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” to 600 parliamentarians from around the world, highlighting the need for women’s leadership and political participation. Read more...

Youth Advocates: 10 Ways to Take Action Right Now

With only a few days left until the New Year, it’s easy to feel like 2010 is already over. But it’s not too late to do something this month! Read our recap of the Top 10 Maternal Health Highlights in 2010 to celebrate all the hard work and successes of the year. Then, click through to check out some opportunities to keep your momentum going.

New Advocacy Guidebook on Maternal Health for Parliamentarians

Yesterday, the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) announced the launch of a groundbreaking new publication, “Maternal Health - An Advocacy Guide for Parliamentarians.” Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, this resource functions as a guidebook with practical steps Parliamentarians can take, on multiple levels, to raise awareness and advocate for maternal and child health. Read more...


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