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Love in the Times of Zika: Public Health Strategies and Women’s SRHR in Latin America

By: Lucía Berro Pizzarossa and Marinella Matejcic, Women Deliver Young Leaders

The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency in response to the Zika virus, stating that "the level of alarm is extremely high." At the same time, Latin American governments are asking women "not to get pregnant." The virus, first discovered in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda, was initially thought to be harmless until a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes was suspected. Read more...

Harnessing Africa’s Demographic Dividend: Reflections on ACSHR

By: Onward Chironda, Women Deliver Young Leader

The 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights (ACSHR) took place from February 8-12 in Accra, Ghana. The conference’s theme, “Realising Demographic Dividend in Africa: the Critical Importance of Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,” highlighted that there is need to invest in youth to harness Africa’s Demographic dividend. Read more...

Reflections from ICFP: “Nothing for us without us!”

By: Ahmed Aboushady, Ana Aguilera, and Patrick Segawa, Women Deliver Young Leaders

A volcanic eruption may have prevented young leaders from convening the International Conference on Family Planning in November 2015. But it didn’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic! In January 2016, more than 300 young people and over 3,000 experts and leaders in the field gathered in Bali, Indonesia for the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). Read more...

 

Appeal to protect the health and rights of Syrian women and girls

By Babatunde Osotimehin; Originally posted on Devex

As leaders meet for the Syrian donors conference, after five years of conflict, more than half of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. Over 13 million remain inside the country, and 4.7 million have crossed seas and borders in search of safety and opportunity. Among those affected are more than 5 million Syrian women and adolescent girls of reproductive age, of whom 430,000 are pregnant. 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...

Ensuring Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services Through SDG3

By: Jennifer Amadi, Women Deliver Young Leader

Young women in Nigeria are caught between tradition and a shifting cultural landscape, brought about by urbanization, globalized economies, and a media-saturated environment. Many young women are unprepared to face the challenges that accompany limited access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including forced child birth, banishment from the community, infections, and even death. Read more....

Youth Must Help Lead the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Ana Aguilera, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally Posted on Ipas

A volcanic eruption has prevented young leaders from convening this week at the now-postponed International Conference on Family Planning. But it won’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic!

Young people both need and have a right to access comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services. This includes contraceptive services; pregnancy care; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and safe and accessible abortion.

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Finding a Role in the SDGs: My Experience at UNGA

By: Inaam Abuelsoud; Women Deliver Young Leader

Waking up to an email notification on a stuffy summer day in August, I read excitedly all the events scheduled to take place the following month in the unordered, bustling city of New York. Nervousness creeps over me, as I interrogate why I’m not as actively involved in advocacy as I should be. I think of my work and why I have been invited to take part in the unfolding of the global plan for development. I am exhausted thinking through the preparation I must undertake for this journey; how will I articulate the current project I have been working on and how does this apply to the SDGs? Read more...

Keeping our promise to 120 million women and girls

By: Melinda Gates; Originally posted on Devex

Let’s begin with a hard truth: unplanned pregnancy is for many a matter of life and death. Every two minutes a woman dies due to pregnancy-related complications — a grim transformation of what should be one of the happiest times into one of the most dangerous. Read More...

 

Help CREA Advance SRHR of Young Girls in India!

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Women Deliver knows the positive ripple effect that occurs when the world invests in girls – an investment that must include access to sport. Sport programs provide a safe space where girls can learn, grow, and prosper. That’s why we are excited to spread awareness of an exciting new campaign. Read More...

 

Women Deliver and Bayer HealthCare Launch World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project

New York, NY, 27 July 2015 – In support of World Contraception Day and the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program, Women Deliver and Bayer HealthCare are happy to announce the launch of a three-year World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project. This partnership is designed to promote the shared goals of Bayer and Women Deliver and compliment their common work of raising awareness of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues and priorities. Read more...

Twenty Years After ICPD, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Still a Challenge

Originally posted by Pathfinder International

As the founder of Big Steps Outreach Network, an organization in Cameroon providing young people with skills, tools, and opportunities, 26-year-old Victor Abongwa pays close attention to the sexual health needs of his peers.

“Sexual and reproductive health sets young people in the right direction,” he said as a panelist at the Dec. 15 launch event for the Journal of Adolescent Health’s special supplement. “It gives them the right frame of mind so they can be in good health to do the things they want to do.” Read more...

Call for Proposals on SRHR Research

Originally posted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-WOTRO)

This week, NWO-WOTRO launched the first call for proposals for the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme. This research programme aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights. The call has been developed in close collaboration with the Knowledge Platform Share-Net International and solicits proposals for research to be carried out in Bangladesh or Burundi. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is 5 January 2015. 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...

New Resource on Maternal Health, HIV and Family Planning Now Available

Women Deliver is excited to announce a new dual-sided fact sheet on maternal health, HIV and family planning developed with partners with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Family Care International, Maternal Health Task Force and The White Ribbon Alliance. This fact sheet includes evidence demonstrating the significance of promoting rights-based maternity care in order to improve girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health. Read more...

Youth Coalition Launches “The Post-2015 Development Agenda and Young People”

Originally posted by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

The Post-2015 Development Agenda process has become an important platform to advocate for human rights. While a vast body of literature is available on the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the YCSRR recognizes a lack of resources that capture the linkages between youth sexual and reproductive rights and Post-2015 specifically. Read more...

UN Delegation of Religious Leaders Call for Action on SRHR

On September 19, religious leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations to issue a powerful call for action on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This statement was issued in advance of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, which featured a Special Session on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014. Read more...

Invest in New Media for Better Health of Young People

By Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver

How can we connect for good, connect for all, and build a better world by 2030? To answer this question, global leaders and advocates from around the world convened at the 2014 Social Good Summit this week and to discuss key social issues shaping the future of our world today, like climate change, peace, gender inequality, and health crises like Ebola. Held in conjunction with the 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the summit was an opportunity for young people to not only take part in the conversation, but to lead them.

With conversations conducted in 42 languages from 150 countries, the summit – held on Sunday and Monday – amplified the voice of young people and the future of new media technologies. Many shared stories about how new media technologies like mobile phones are changing the lives of many in the developing world. Through the use of technologies like short message service (SMS), mobile phones, text messaging and social media, young people are accessing information like sexual and reproductive health education and services in ways never that were never before possible. Read more...

New Fund For Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Support Women, Girls and Marginalized

On Monday, the Danish government, the Dutch government, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation launched a new fund that will help grassroots organizations working to change policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women, girls and other marginalized individuals. AmplifyChange – initially a two-year, $19.4million fund – aims to secure universal recognition of SRHR as a human right, enabling women, men and young people to realize their full potential. Read more...

Advancing Access to Youth-Friendly SRH Services and Information

These seed grants were funded by Johnson & Johnson and WomanCare Global via the Women Deliver C Exchange Youth Initiative.

By: Martin Wanzala, Allied Youth Initiative (Uganda)

I personally believe that a country’s youth population is one of its greatest assets. However, to harness our young people’s vibrant ideas and potential, we must give them opportunities to leave a lasting impact on our communities and nations.

Young people under the age of 30 account for more than half of the world’s 7 billion people. In Uganda – the second youngest population in the world – more than 78 percent of the population is under the age of 30. The time is now for Uganda to increase investments in its young people.

One of the best ways to ensure that young people can lead healthy and productive lives is improve access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Although the government of Uganda and its development partners support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs and policies, there are still not enough services to support widespread need. Read more...

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