Arts and Special Events

6 June 2010

4:30PM – 6:30PM
Grand Lobby

Join Women Deliver on Sunday evening in the Grand Lobby of the Convention Center for an ice-cream social to network with fellow participants and get a sneak-peak at the Expo Hall. The event will include music provided by Christine Baze, an accomplished musician and cervical cancer survivor, with support from QIAGEN. Baze is the Executive Director of The Yellow Umbrella Organization, and uses her story, voice, and music to help raise awareness of HPV, cervical cancer and opportunities to prevent this deadly disease.

7 June 2010

6:00PM – 7:00PM
3rd Floor Outside Plenary Hall

Please join your fellow conference participants for an hour of food and refreshments from around the world.

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Plenary Hall

Please join Christy Turlington Burns and an esteemed panel of guests to preview the new documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY.
60 minutes
Directed/produced by Christy Turlington Burns

Christy-Turlington-Burns.jpgMore than half a million women each year die from mostly preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Yet this rarely makes the headlines.
Inspired by her own postpartum complication after the birth of her daughter, Christy Turlington Burns became CARE's Maternal Health Advocate and went back to school to pursue her MPH at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. In her gripping directorial debut, Christy shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.

Following the film, a panel will discuss the role media can play in conveying to mainstream audiences the current maternal health crises and solutions.

MODERATOR: Tammy Haddad, President, Haddad Media, Mothers Day Every Day Advisory Board


  • Christy Turlington Burns, Model, CARE Maternal Health Advocate, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Dr. Suellen Miller, CNM, PhD, Director of Safe Motherhood Programs and Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, for the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Nan Strauss, Researcher, Amnesty International USA
  • Lisa Russell, MPH, Director/Producer, GOVERNESS FILMS
  • Mary Olive Smith, Director and Producer

ROOM: 103A
A Conversation on Art and Social Change
Women Deliver will feature Jane M. Saks and Lynsey Addario in a conversation on Art and Social Change. Jane M. Saks is Executive Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, at Columbia College Chicago. She is a feminist activist, cultural advocate, writer and educator who challenges and champions issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and power within the worlds of arts and culture, politics and civil rights, academia and philanthropy. Lynsey Addario is a MacArthur Fellow and photojournalist based in New Delhi, India, where she photographs for the New York Times and National Geographic among other publications. Her award-winning work has focused on global conflicts and humanitarian crises in particular the impact on women and girls. Addario will share selections from her recent body of work, while giving us insight into the lives of the women and girls she has photographed.

ROOM: 103B
Performance poetry is more than an art form – it is the telling of untold stories that the world needs to hear, and it is advocacy in raw form. Headlining this event is Sonya Renee Taylor, an international slam poetry superstar who won first place at the National Poetry Slam in 2004, a 2nd place finish at the International Poetry Slam Championship in 2005, and a 1st place finish at the Four Continents European International Slam Championship in 2006. Sonya put her socially conscious words into action by performing in front of over 1 million spectators in Washington D.C. alongside presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a historic 2004 March for Women’s Lives Rally. Performers also include:

  • Joanna Hoffman, a member of three National Poetry Slam teams, 2007 DC/Baltimore Grand Slam Champion and a featured performer across the country;
  • Gowri Koneswaran, a DC-based poet and attorney and host of Poetry in the Morning at Bloombars community arts space;
  • Chris August, an internationally-ranked slam poet and the 1st place Champion of Capturing Fire, the first national LGBT slam competition;
  • Donna Denizé, poet, teacher, and Chair of English Dept. at St. Albans School;
  • Sovaida Ewing, a DC-based scholar, attorney and published author.

Poems will be performed on women’s struggles, stories and triumphs, and poets will answer questions on how to use spoken word as an advocacy tool.

We are proud to feature Brooklyn singer/songwriter Maya Azucena. Maya believes that music is a tool for healing and activism, and supports humanitarian causes with her voice. Recently a Grammy winner for her duet on Stephen Marley’s “Reggae Album of the Year,” named Best Alternative Artist by, winner for three awards including Best Female Vocal in the international competition for ABC Radio Network’s Fame Games EFFIGY Awards, and two-time nominee for Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the Reader’s Choice Soul Tracks Awards; Azucena has shared bills with an impressive list of new and legendary artists.  She has toured extensively in the U.S., as well as throughout Europe and Croatia where her recording collaboration with Croatian super star, Gibonni, garnered two Croatian Grammys.

Maya is partnering with Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, on - an interactive website and online community that will unite artists and activists around maternal health.

8 June 2010

6:00PM – 8:00PM
3rd Floor Outside Plenary Hall

Please join Jill Sheffield, president of Women Deliver, and special guests for food and drinks as we take a moment to celebrate the Women Deliver participants and all those who have worked so hard to improve the health of girls and women around the world.

9 June 2010

10:30AM – 3:30PM
Room: 101
The Cinema Corner, located in room 101, will be open on Wednesday, 9 June 2010 from 10:30am – 3:30pm, and it will feature film and video material created to highlight the realities of girls’ and women’s health around the world. The rolling program showcases a wide range of films. Visit the Cinema Corner to see the full screening schedule for the day, and additional information about the films, or click here to download the full schedule.
Highlights include:

  • Not Yet Rain, a short film by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, produced in association with Ipas, explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of women who have faced the challenge of finding safe care.
  • Premature, a short narrative film by Rashaad Ernesto Green. After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she's pregnant and receives no support from her community, she has nowhere to turn and is faced with the most difficult decision she will ever make. Winner of the 2008 HBO Short Film Contest at the American Black Film Festival.  
  • Edge of Joy (Advanced Rough Cut): In the U.S. 1 in 4,800 women die in childbirth. In Nigeria it is 1 in 48. In the one-hour character-driven documentary, The Edge of Joy, filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro closely follows an ensemble cast of Nigerian doctors, nurses, midwives and religious leaders as they battle the second largest maternal mortality rate in the world.
  • An Untitled Film on Planned Parenthood (Work-in-Progress). In spite of new laws and strategies to protect patients of reproductive health care facilities, intimidation and threats by anti-choice hardliners continue - and have become increasingly nuanced. Award-winning “Hoop Dreams” filmmaker, Peter Gilbert of Kartemquin Films, explores the new battleground surrounding Planned Parenthood of Illinois clinics.

* Thank you to Lisa Russell for helping to organize and run the Cinema Corner.

A range of art exhibitions, from photography to multimedia presentations, will be on display throughout the Convention Center:

  • “Stories of Mothers Saved,” a multimedia exhibition created by the White Ribbon Alliance in partnership with UNFPA
  • “Touched/Vinculos Vitales,” a photo exhibition by Joey O’Loughlin documenting the efforts of public health workers and youth networks in the Andean region of South America to prevent unwanted teen pregnancy.
  • “Afghan Women”, a photo exhibition by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynsey Addario, organized by National Geographic Magazine
  • "Free Obstetric Care - A big step towards safe motherhood in Haiti," a photo exhibit prepared by WHO/MPS with the support of WHO/PAHO and the EC/ACP/WHO Partnership. Photographs by Nyka Alexander and Marie-Agnes Heine
  • "Under the Radar, At the Frontline," is an interactive photo exhibit featuring the life-saving work of non-physician clinicians in Malawi by the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.