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Celebrate Solutions: Empower Young People, Improve Our World

By: Janna Oberdorf, Women Deliver; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Today, on International Youth Day 2013, there are more than 3 billion people under the age of 30—that's half of the world's population. While this number may seem overwhelming, we know that young people play an indispensable role in efforts to achieve international development goals. Each of these young women and men represents a solution—so today, we're celebrating 3 billion solutions that are just waiting to be harnessed. Read more...

Help Malala’s Birthday Wish Come True: Support Her Fight for Education

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

On their 16th birthday, many girls around the world hope for new clothes or a cell phone. Tomorrow, when Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday, her wish will not be small or simple, but it will have the potential to change the world. She will speak at the United Nations in support of the 57 million boys and girls who do not yet have access to education, asking that the global Education Emergency be put to an end. Read more...

‘I Have Seen My Friends Die’: Why We Need to Talk Frankly About Girls’ Reproductive Health

By: Purnima Mane, Pathfinder International; Originally posted on The Huffington Post

Last year, on World Population Day, I was in London with a range of world leaders for the Family Planning Summit. There, a global movement was catalyzed to focus on renewed commitments to ending the unmet need for contraception. Our goal: ensure 120 million more women and girls have access to contraception by 2020. Now, on the one year anniversary, there is one group in particular that needs increased focus for contraception: adolescent girls. Read more...

Back From Kuala Lumpur: Facing a New Reality

By: Mallah Tabot, Women Deliver 2013 100 Young Leader; Originally posted on Staying Alive Foundation website

Three weeks ago I was up in the air, flying my way to Malaysia for the Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference. I happened to be on the same flight with several other attendees . You’d think I identified them by networking. No. Actually, I could tell because everyone was either proof-reading a presentation, or glancing through some documents, or rehearsing for their panels. Read more...

Young people deliver at the 3rd Women Deliver Conference

By: Cecilia Garcia, Espolea; Originally posted on Interagency Youth Working Group

My dream is to live in world where there are no privileged groups, but where all people’s rights are acknowledged and respected; a world where no woman or child has to die of preventable diseases; no teenager has to undergo an unsafe abortion; and no person is denied access to health services. I wish to be part of a global community that condemns and prevents all forms of gender-based violence. Read more...

Youth Leaders Discuss Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Services at Women Deliver 2013

By: James Kityo, The Key Correspondents Programme

The Key Correspondents Programme is covering the Women Deliver 2013 global conference live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 28 – 30.

At Women Deliver 2013 this week, two key partners for the Link Up project, the ATHENA Network and the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), met with youth leaders from around the world on a range of issues that affect them when it comes to services for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV. Read more...

Generation Z Delivers For Women’s Health

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...

Young Leaders Can Change the World – One Girl at a Time

By: Victoria Melhado, Women Deliver Young Leader 2013

Victoria is one of 100 Young Leaders from around the world selected to participate in a leadership development program as part of the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 27-30, 2013. The youth pre-conference is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Follow Victoria during the conference at @Vicmelhado.

My path to becoming a nurse, midwife, and an advocate for women’s health began before I knew what any of those things were. Read more...  

Partner Spotlight: Creating the Healthiest Generation Ever

By:  Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Last year, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) joined other independent organizations, governments, and private foundations at the London Summit on Family Planning in committing to expand women’s access to contraception around the world.

The London Summit set an ambitious goal for the global community: to increase access to contraception for 120 million women living in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. Read more...

 

A Former Sex Worker’s Story About Learning to Protect Her Sexual Health and Rights

By: James Kityo, The Key Correspondents Programme

The Key Correspondents Programme is covering the Women Deliver 2013 global conference live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 28 – 30.

Former sex worker and single mother Rose lives in Bwaise on the outskirts of Uganda’s capital Kampala. These days Rose, 23, provides for her three children by working in a salon plaiting hair, a skill she acquired through training from the Uganda Youth Development Link drop in centre. Read more...

Partner Spotlight: Johnson & Johnson Continues Commitment to Every Woman Every Child

By: Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is pleased to partner with Women Deliver on the Youth Leaders Pre-Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Youth advocates are key agents for change for women and families in the future. They are already contributing to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 for women and children. Read more...

Educate, Engage, And Empower Teens To Fight

By: Jessica Thompson, Head Blogger for Teen Revolt

Teen Revolt is one of the Women Deliver 25 finalists.

As most great things do, Teen Revolt began as a dream. Ateba’s dream was birthed out of her own personal tragedy. As a young girl, she suffered abuse. At ten years of age, each little girl has a right to live her childhood dreaming of being a princess and playing tea party and not being abused and told that she looks like a prostitute by her father. Ateba did not even know what that word meant at ten years old, but the words spoken by her father did indeed come true. Not thinking that she was worth anything but to give her body up for sale, Ateba turned to prostitution to support her first son. Read more...

Voices of Advocates Part 1: Domestic Violence (Trinidad &Tobago)

Originally posted on ThinkBrigade

This opinion piece is published in collaboration with Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders, liaised by Bijoyeta Das. Ife Smith is one of the 100 Young Leaders for 2012-2013. 

The story of a young woman who endured both domestic violence and a court system that is unfriendly to the poor. A hard-working, law-abiding young woman who made the wrong decision of entering into a relationship with someone she thought she knew. During this relationship she endured physical, mental and emotional abuse. Not only did she had to literally run for her life, but the life she now has she can barely call her own because of  her country’s inhumane, unfriendly and insufferable legal system which she had to turn to for help.

 

Community Work Pays Off For Varsity Students

By: Sharifa Kalokola; Originally posted on The Citizen

The author, Sharifa Kalokola, is a Women Deliver 2013 conference scholarship recipient. The article features two of Women Deliver's 100 Young Leaders from Tanzania, Florence Mwitwa and Maureen Anyago Oduor.

It turns out that being voted a class monitor, prefect or student leader in primary, high school and university might actually be a good predictor of one’s success later in life. For many world leaders today, leadership did not come when they already had grey hair – it all started in school. Academic achievement is part of the success story, but it’s not the whole story. This is the wisdom that drives Florence Mwitwa and Maureen Anyago, two 27-year-old university students, who were recently selected to represent the country in the 2013 Women Deliver conference Malaysia later in May. Read more...

Secretary-General Appoints Young Jordanian as His Envoy on Youth

Originally posted on UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ahmad Alhindawi of Jordan as his Envoy on Youth, a spokesperson for the world body’s chief said today. “The Secretary-General in his Five-Year Action Agenda identified ‘Working with and for Women and Young People’ as one of his top priorities, the spokesperson added in a note to the media. “In this context, the Envoy on Youth will work to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.” Read more...

2012 Was a Year for Women and Girls: Will We See the Same Momentum in 2013?

By: Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International; Originally posted on Huffington Post

In March of this year, on International Women’s Day, I asked, “Is 2012 the Year for Women and Girls?”  Now, as the year winds to a close, I find myself looking back on my call for stronger partnerships, more global coalitions and wondering, are those enough? 2012 was a year for women. We saw tremendous renewal of the commitment by world leaders to ensure that countries and communities have the political support and financial resources needed to improve access to sexual and reproductive health. Read more...

The Bali Global Youth Declaration: For Young People, By Young People

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver and Amanda Keifer, Public Health Institute; Originally posted on RH Reality Check

With the world’s population now at seven billion and counting, issues of human rights, health, education, and employment require action more urgently than ever before—especially for youth under the age of 25, who comprise more than 40 percent of the world’s population. That’s why we joined more than 3,000 young people from more than 150 countries—in Bali and virtually—this week at the Global Youth Forum to chart a progressive vision for equitable, sustainable, and just global development. Read more...

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Celebrates Release of the Final Declaration

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, member of the International Steering Committee for the Global Youth Forum, celebrates the release of the Final Declaration from the Forum, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from December 4-6th 2012, and applauds the hard work of all those who were engaged in and supported the outcomes of the process. The Global Youth Forum brought together hundreds of youth, civil society and member states, among others (in addition to the 2,400+ virtual youth delegates), to identify and discuss issues and priorities facing today and tomorrow’s generation of young people within the context of population and development. Read more...

Building an African Movement to End Child Marriage

Originally posted on Girls Not Brides

Three of the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders were invited as special youth advocates to participate in this event – Yemurai Nyoni from Zimbabwe, Nebila Abdulmelik from Kenya, and Humphrey Nabimanya from Uganda.

There is not one corner of this continent that should not hear this message: end child marriage. This was a sentiment shared by more than 90 member organisations, associates and supporters of Girls Not Brides from 20 different African countries who came together in Johannesburg last week to discuss how to end child marriage across Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where 38% of girls marry before 18. Read more...

World AIDS Day: A Global Reminder

By: Harshi Hettige

Every year on 1 December, we recognize World AIDS Day – a day to fight for 25 million who have died from HIV/AIDS between 1981 and 2007, and for the 33.3 million people infected with HIV around the world today. The pandemic is particularly signicant to youth–almost half of all new HIV infections in the world are among people under 25. Read more...

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