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All in to Win: Better Business is Everyone’s Business

By: Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

Here is what we know: traditional business models are becoming obsolete as the global economy grows more complex. In fact, business approaches to philanthropy that center on cash donations or even corporate social responsibility are increasingly viewed as unsustainable. Read more...

New FP2020 Report Shows 8.4 Million More Women Have Access to Contraception

The number of women with access to modern contraceptives has risen by 8.4 million in the 69 FP2020 focus countries, according to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)’s second progress report, Partnership in Progress, which was launched today in London. The report highlights progress made since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, and includes new data on access to modern contraceptives, triumphs in policy and advances in contraceptive technology. Read more...

Pick Up the Pace and Mind the Gap

By: Katja Iversen and Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver; Originally posted by The Huffington Post

With the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new release of the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Index, the world has more hard data than ever before to support the claim that investing in girls and women is a win for everyone. The Global Gender Gap Index analyzes whether women have the same opportunities as men in the arenas of health, education, economic participation and political empowerment, and discusses the implications of disparities for global development. Evidence from this year’s report is both reassuring and disconcerting. Read more...

Listen, Learn and Invest in Young People

By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver; Originally posted by the World Bank

Change. Global leaders galvanize nations in pursuit of it, advocates demand that policymakers facilitate it, and I’d suggest that we all strive to be a part of it. As the saying goes, change is “easier said than done.” But young people don’t seem to see it that way. Not only are young people calling for social, political and economic change, but they are being the change. Read more...

Not Just the New Fashion

By: Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change and Youth Champions Iniative; Originally posted by Impatient Optimists

‘Fashion week’ just ended for the global development community, when thousands of international leaders convened in New York for the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Presidents, ministers, donors, UN leaders, and CEOs celebrated the newest designs in global development: stylish poverty reduction plans, glamorous partnerships to prioritize girls’ education, and beautiful spokespeople for the latest hot issues like climate change and child trafficking. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Fighting Everyday Sexism for a Better Future for Girls

By: Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver

October 11th marked a significant day for girls around the world. International Day of the Girl Child, an annual event, calls attention to the most pressing issues facing girls today. This year’s focus, selected by UNICEF, focused on ending violence against girls. By highlighting the ways in which violence limits the choices and opportunities of girls, the internationally recognized observance engaged national governments with support from civil society, the private sector, media, young people, the United Nations, and men and women everywhere. Read more...

Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

By: Gary Darmstadt, Sarah Henry and Luca Passerini; Originally posted by Impatient Optimist

Over the last decade the Grand Challenges family of programs has fostered innovation and partnership to address some of the world’s most difficult global health and development challenges for the poor and marginalized.  This week, as part of an exciting evolution at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are launching a new Grand Challenge to more effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls. Read more...

Helping Women Through Clean Water and Sanitation

By Katja Iversen and Massimo Berruti; Originally posted by MSNBC

Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver

In the U.S., the average girl can pour herself a glass of clean water when she’s thirsty. She can walk to school on paved streets without sewage getting in her way. And, when she matures, she can easily purchase feminine hygiene products and use a private restroom at her convenience. Her period is a nuisance, but it does not disrupt her day – or her life.

This is not the reality for the world’s poorest girls and women. Basic necessities — safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies — are scarce and often unavailable to girls and women living in poverty. These stark conditions jeopardize the health, education and well-being of girls and women in ways the average American cannot, and does not have to, imagine. Read more...

Gates Highlights Centrality of Girls and Women in Development

In an article today in Science, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes on the need to recognize girls and women as central to development and to systemically address gender inequality. She also discusses the Gates Foundation’s current shortfalls around gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how those areas will be addressed through new initiatives in the coming year. Read more...

Global Leaders Celebrate Two Decades of Progress for Girls and Women

Yesterday, the opening day of the 47th session of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Population and Development (CPD), Women Deliver and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in support of Every Woman Every Child, co-hosted an event in New York to call for political commitments to and investments in girls’ and women’s health and rights. This reception commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt, where global leaders issued a visionary consensus prioritizing the health and rights of women and young people, including their sexual and reproductive health. Read more...
 

Saundra Pelletier Talks about WomanCare Global’s New Product at the World Economic Forum

In January, 2,500 global leaders, key decision-makers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and youth from around the world gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. The theme of this year’s meeting was The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. Key issues included innovative ways to optimize funding for health programmes in developing and middle-income countries, closing the gender gap, and shaping global policy through advocacy. Read more...

Press Release: Financing the Future of Global Health

Political leaders join experts on health and finance to call for innovation in sustainable funding

DAVOS, Switzerland, 24 January 2014 – Finding innovative ways to optimize funding for health programmes in developing and middle-income countries will be key to their development and economic growth, according to global health experts and political leaders meeting in Davos on the side lines of the World Economic Forum. At a private dinner on Thursday night convened by the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy and its partners, a diverse group of health and finance experts, donors and corporate partners discussed how they could work together to advance new financing mechanisms to optimize the return on investments in health. Read more...

Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen in New Issue of GHD Magazine

The winter issue of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD) Magazine is now available, and includes a special feature on the future of women and girls. In this section, which begins on page 36, articles focus on a range of topics including the future of development for girls and women; child marriage; child abuse; gender-based violence; mobile technology as an advocacy tool; and crowdfunding as a mechnism to save women's lives. Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield and incoming CEO Katja Iversen authored a piece on page 38 entitled A Dream of Progress for Girls and Women, which takes a forward look at the new development framework, and at how investing in girls and women is an investment in a better future for all. Read more...

World Economic Forum Event on Investing in Girls

This week, approximately 2,500 global leaders, key decision-makers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and youth from around the globe have gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Over the next few days, participants will discuss this year’s theme, The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business. The meeting presents a tremendous opportunity to shape global policy through advocacy events, such as the United Nations Secretary-General's MDG Advocacy Group event Scaling Up Success: Investing in Girls’ Empowerment for MDG Acceleration. Read more...

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women’s and Children’s Health

By: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA; Originally posted on Huffington Post and devex

A recent study published in The Lancet finds that an increased investment in health of only five dollars per capita per year in 74 of the poorest countries can result in a nine-fold social and economic return. The Global Investment Framework for Women's and Children's Health, supported by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization and other partners, shows that small investments in women's and children's health will yield a large return. By making the additional investments needed for life-saving interventions, it would be possible to not only avoid unnecessary deaths, but also have healthier, more productive individuals, communities and countries. Read more...

The Lancet Launches Report on Investing in Health

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, the Lancet commission revisited the case for investing in health. As a result of their findings, the commission developed a new investment framework to reach substantial health gains by 2035. The framework, along with key recommedations, is included with the report Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation, launched today at events in London, Johannesburg and Tunis. Read more...

UN Week- Style Over Substance

By: Denise Dunning, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change, and the Youth Champions Iniative; Originally posted by Huffington Post

'Fashion week' just ended for the global development community, where thousands of international leaders convened in New York for the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA). Presidents, ministers, donors, U.N. leaders and CEOs celebrated the newest designs in global development: stylish poverty reduction plans, glamorous partnerships to end world hunger and beautiful spokespeople for the latest hot issues like climate change and child trafficking. Read more...

 

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