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Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table

By: Susan Ehlers & Katja Iversen ; Originally posted on Devex

When Ephraim Kisangala describes what he sees as a physician in Uganda, his voice is heavy with the weight of his work. He tells the story of his patient Jovia (not her real name) is a 14-year-old Ugandan girl who became pregnant after being raped by a family member. Jovia’s pelvis was too narrow and underdeveloped to deliver her baby, so Ephraim was forced to perform an emergency cesarean section. Jovia still hopes to pursue an education, though as a young, single mother it will not be easy. Read More...

‘I Thought It Was a Nightmare:’ Rape and Unintended Pregnancy

By: Ephraim Kisangala, Women Deliver Young Leader

“I thought it was a nightmare!” said Jovia Alar*, who shared her nine-month ordeal with tears in her eyes. Jovia is a 14 year-old girl from Ssemuto, Mubende in Uganda. She is the eldest child of a single mother who supports her family by selling second-hand clothes in a seasonal market several miles away from home. One night, Jovia went to the nearby bushes to pick firewood that she would use to prepare supper, as she often did. Jovia recounts what happened next in her own words. Read more...

Strong economies start with girls and women — not robots

By: Katja Iversen
CEO, Women Deliver; Originally posted on Thomson Reuters


This year’s World Economic Forum opened with a dire warning for girls and women. According to a new report by the forum’s organizers, women’s employment and economic prospects—which have been improving globally, but still lag behind men’s—risk suffering a major setback in the decades to come. Read More...

Carving a Way Forward in the Fight Against HIV

By: Catherine Nyambura, Women Deliver Young Leader

It has been 30 years since Kenya’s first case of HIV was diagnosed. The efforts to fight HIV/AIDS have been bittersweet, with a lot of lessons, challenges, and opportunities. The International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) provides just the platform to reflect on the journey thus far and to carve a way forward. Read more...

An End of Year Toast to Girls and Women – a Force to be Reckoned With

By: Katja Iversen
CEO, Women Deliver; Originally posted on Huffington Post


What? December already! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can fly by.

But the calendar says: ‘holiday-blog’and calendars typically don't lie. So going the normal route, this is where I would sit down and write a blog that looks back, takes stock, highlights the great things Women Deliver did in 2015, wishes everyone a quiet, peaceful year-end, and encourages everybody to give an end of year donation. Read More...

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