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Why Development Begins with Women

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...

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...

The Power of Story

By Denise Dunning; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Denise Dunning is the Founder and Executive Director of Let Girls Lead and Champions for Change

600 million girls living in poor countries around the world struggle to eat, go to school and see a doctor when they need one. Many of these girls suffer violence in their families and are married off as children to men three times their age. Although research demonstrates that girls are the key to ending global poverty, only two cents out of every dollar in international funding goes to programs supporting girls.

We're working to change that. One of the first and most important steps is changing societies' limiting gender narratives. Jennifer Siebel Newsom's Representation Project has led the movement to transform media representations of women and girls with the award-wining documentary "Miss Representation." The Representation Project has mobilized millions of people to use their voices to challenge the media's limiting portrayal of women and girls.Read more...

Saundra Pelletier Announced as Keynote Speaker at Harvard School of Public Health

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014

San Diego, CA – Saundra Pelletier, WomanCare Global’s (WCG) Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Women Deliver Board, has been announced as the Keynote Speaker at Harvard School of Public Health Women in Leadership Student Organization’s “2014 Women in Leadership Conference.” The conference will provide the opportunity for students and alumnae to participate in discussions relating to the role of women in leadership positions in public health.

Ms. Pelletier has dedicated her life and career to empowering women, and she has been a major force in bringing attention to the need for women globally to access reproductive health supplies. She has grown WomanCare Global’s reach to over 100 countries while also serving as the CEO of Evofem Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops innovative prescription and consumer products.

“I’ve focused my career on empowering women and girls and I am grateful to Harvard School of Public Health for creating a forum that allows us to explore critical issues in women’s health,” said Saundra Pelletier. 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...

World Contraception Day: A Letter to Young African Women

By: Bukola Oyinloye, Women Deliver 100 Young Leader from Senegal

 

 

 

This blog is part of a series, edited by Women Deliver, in partnership with Impatient Optimists, on youth perspectives to celebrate World Contraception Day. Share your thoughts in comments and join the conversation at #WCD2012. For more stories and to get involved further visit No Controversy.

Dear Young African Woman,

Imagine yourself at the point of intimacy with your partner when you ask, “Do you have protection?” Your partner responds, “No, I really don’t like using condoms because I don’t feel anything and it’s too much of a hassle! Can we just…not use anything?” Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Acumen Fund and Goldman Sachs Collaborate in Training Entrepreneurial Women

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Goldman Sachs and the Acumen Fund partnered together last month to provide a workshop for rising women entrepreneurs. The two corporations collaborate annually – bringing together female leaders in varying industries (from biotech to floristry to financial services) from the emerging markets of India and Kenya. Read more...

Breakthrough for Women in Senegal’s Lower House

By: Souleymane Faye; Originally Posted on Inter Press Service

A record number of women were sworn in as legislators as Senegal’s new parliament was inaugurated on Monday. Sixty-four women now have seats in this West African country’s 150-member National Assembly, thanks to a law on gender parity. But the breakthrough made by women candidates has relaunched a debate on the quality of their work in the legislature. Elections to the National Assembly, the lower of two houses of parliament, took place on Jul 1, and were comfortably won by the Benno Bokk Yaakaar coalition (BBY), whose candidate – Macky Sall – won the presidential election in March. Read more...

 

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