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UN Passes Resolution to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This resolution was one of five passed yesterday to advance the rights of girls and women worldwide.

Approximately 140 million girls and women across the globe are affected by FGM, and each year an additional three million girls are at risk of being subjected to the practice. In Africa, it is estimated that 92 million girls under the age of 10 have undergone FGM. FGM can result in severe bleeding, urinary difficulties, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth, and is widely recognized as a human rights violation. Read more...

Women Deliver Opens Media Registration for Groundbreaking Conference on Girls and Women

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...

We Can Only End Violence Against Women Together

By: Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women; Originally posted on Huffington Post

I am often asked whether ending violence against women is possible given the pervasiveness and persistence of these crimes. My answer is yes. It is possible. But we can only do it together. We are all responsible and it is time for leaders to fulfill the promises made to women. Today, looking towards Sunday's International Day to End Violence against Women, I call on all leaders: Take a stand to end violence against women and girls. Last year I launched the 16-step policy agenda. Today, I urge all Heads of State and Government to end the scourge of violence that affects every society by participating in an exciting global initiative to showcase national commitments to end violence against women and girls. Read more...

Young People Have the Power to Change the World

By: Babatunde Osotimehin; Originally posted on The Atlantic

... despite half of the world's youth living on less than two dollars a day.

A social media revolution is unfolding before our eyes, forever changing the way we connect. I see this whenever I travel; the young boys of Lagos preoccupied with their cell-phones; a young girl tweeting from a health-care clinic in Bogota; a young Liberian nurse taking notes on an iPad. I also see how my own children connect with friends on Facebook. Read more...

Delivering a World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

By: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin; Originally posted on Global Motherhood, Huffington Post

The ability to decide when to have children, and how many, is seen as one of the most significant social advances of recent decades. However, this quiet but profound revolution has not yet touched all parts of the world equally. Over half a century after modern family planning programmes began to be extended widely across the globe, millions of women are still denied access to them. Read more...

Additional Investments in Family Planning Would Save Developing Nations More Than $11 Billion a Year

Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says new UNFPA report

  • 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning
  • Additional $4.1 billion in funding is needed to address current needs and those of the growing youth population

LONDON, 14 November 2012—Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by $11.3 billion annually, according to The State of World Population 2012, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Read more...

Making Life-Saving Commodities Available for Women and Children

By: Mary Beth Hastings, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) Vice President

It’s not that we can’t do it. We have the ability to save the lives of almost every one of the 290,000 women who die each year as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, in addition to millions of children. A new report – released with little fanfare – by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children details how we can save 6 million lives over five years simply by improving access to 13 vital products. Read more...

Safeguarding Pregnant Women With Essential Medicines

Originally posted on PATH

New PATH report offers global agenda to increase quality, availability of medicines

Where a woman gives birth should not decide her fate, especially when affordable, effective medicines exist to treat and prevent the leading causes of maternal deaths. A new report from PATH, Safeguarding pregnant women with essential medicines, offers a targeted agenda for global and national decision-makers to increase the quality and availability of three maternal health medicines that address excessive bleeding after childbirth and high blood pressure during pregnancy. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Improving Education in Afghanistan by Training Better Teachers

By: Rati Bishnoi, Catapult

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)—an award-winning civil society group committed to improving Afghanistan’s future— is developing Afghanistan’s next cadre of innovative educators, one teacher at a time. Training teachers is a critical solution for helping increase the capacity of one of the weakest education systems in the world. A high illiteracy rate and resistance against educating girls serve as modern-day reminders of Afghanistan’s dark past. Read more...

 

Every Woman Every Child Progress 2012

Originally posted on Every Women Every Child YouTube

Since its launch in September 2010, the Every Woman Every Child movement, led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has helped catalyze new attention and investment to some of the most neglected causes of women's and children's mortality. Read more...

 

The White Ribbon Alliance at the UN General Assembly, New York City

By: Rose Mlay; Originally posted on White Ribbon Alliance

I was privileged to be one of the invitees to attend a series of high-level events hosted by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA) Global Secretariat and partner organizations to coincide the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on the 19th-26th September 2012. The events were meant to amplify the voices of national advocates who are working to improve conditions for mothers and newborns. Read more...

Osotimehin: Every Woman, Every Child

By: Babatunde Osotimehin; Originally posted on The Guardian - Nigeria

Dr. Osotimehin is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. He wrote this opinion in support of Every Woman Every Child, a global movement spearheaded by UN and other global leaders to save the lives of women and children and improve the lives of millions more by 2015.

The launch two days ago (Wednesday) of the report of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children is a major milestone in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s push to ensure the success of the Every Woman Every Child movement. It is now two years since the movement was launched in New York during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit. Its agenda – to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015 – is ambitious, but achievable. Read more...

High Level Task Force to be Launched as Part of ICPD

On Monday, October 1st, the new High Level Task Force will be launched as part of the goals established at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo two decades ago. The Task Force, which is comprised of 26 eminent government, civil, and private-sector leaders and is chaired by Former Presidents Tarja Halonen (Finland) and Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), will work to promote the ICPD goals in cooperation with other UN agencies, particularly UNFPA, to ensure that the promise of Cairo is realized. Read more...

Turning Recommendations Into Reality

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...

Committed to Every Woman Every Child

By: The CORE Group

This blog is published in collaboration with a larger campaign spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and conducted by Heads of State and Government; Heads of U.N. Agencies; CEO’s; Leaders of Civil Society Organizations; and other global leaders who have demonstrated their leadership in the health field, in support of Every Woman Every Child. Learn more at www.everywomaneverychild.org.

CORE Group is committed to supporting the Every Woman Every Child campaign’s goal to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. As a global health network organization, CORE Group exponentially saves lives by bringing together its member NGOs, associate organizations and partners working all over the world to develop solutions, best practices, and technical tools and resources to improve maternal and child health. Read more...

Cada Mujer, Cada Niño

By: Julio Frenk and Ana Langer; Originally posted in Reforma.

Desde 2010, la salud de las mujeres y los niños ha recibido una atención global sin precedentes, en gran medida gracias al movimiento Cada mujer, cada niño, cuyo compromiso es salvar 16 millones de vidas a nivel mundial. Este movimiento surgió a iniciativa del Secretario General de la ONU con el fin de conjuntar las voluntades de todos los sectores sociales para hacer frente a una inaceptable situación de injusticia, sufrimiento e inseguridad: la muerte por causas prevenibles de millones de mujeres y niños. Read more...

Achieving Results for Every Woman and Every Child

By: Michel Sidibé; Originally posted on Huffington Post Impact

The past two years have been significant for women's and children's health for many reasons. The unprecedented global momentum towards saving the lives of 16 million women and children generated by the Every Woman Every Child movement is among the most remarkable. Read more...

Every Woman Every Child

Originally posted on The Children's Project International

This blog is published in collaboration with a larger campaign spearheaded by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and conducted by Heads of State and Government; Heads of U.N. Agencies; CEO’s; Leaders of Civil Society Organizations; and other global leaders who have demonstrated their leadership in the health field, in support of Every Woman Every Child. Learn more at  www.everywomaneverychild.org.

Tomorrow morning, members of the U.N. General Assembly will convene in New York and mark the final three year push to meet the Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 deadline. For the past two years, The Children’s Project International has supported a number of projects and initiatives which daily advance the cause of eradicating extreme poverty and substantially improving maternal and children’s health. Read more...

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

By: Carole Presern, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Originally posted on Huffington Post Impact

In three short years we will reach the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The international community has certainly made incredible inroads since these targets were set by world leaders in the year 2000 to significantly slash extreme poverty and disease. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Philips and CNBC Africa Release Series Highlighting MDGs 4 and 5

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Philips Electronics is continuing its work to strengthen healthcare in Africa, after recently showcasing clinical solutions for maternal and child care across Africa. In early August Philips and CNBC Africa partnered to release a new series called ‘African Dialogues.’ The series provides insight into the issues at the intersection of social welfare and business in Africa. Read more...

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