Celebrate Solutions: Community Well Brings Access to Clean Water

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

For some of us, accessing clean water means a short walk to the faucet. Yet in many parts of the world, such as the Tigray region of Ethiopia, girls and women are tasked with walking hours, sometimes through unsafe terrain, to collect water from polluted rivers. Read more...

Women the Solution for Water Access | Water the Solution for Women’s Violence

By: Gretchen Wallace, Founder and President of Global Grassroots

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder

This morning, like every morning, nearly 500 million women wake to face impossible decisions and the daily risk of violence related to water access. Read more...

Ending Preventable Child Deaths from Pneumonia and Diarrhea by 2025

By: Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director for the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder

The Global Action Plan of the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) provides a framework to prevent and treat disease in children using proven interventions that have already contributed to major reductions in child mortality. Aligned with MCHIP’s mission to utilize an integrated approach across health programs, this first-ever unified effort to protect children from two leading killers—pneumonia and diarrhea—at once will save countless lives and help countries achieve their MDG 4 targets. Read more...

Women and Water: A Path to Empowerment

By: Mina Das

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder

NISHTHA means devotion or commitment in Bengali and is also the name of a small organization in West Bengal, India that was founded by women. NISHTHA has over 35 years of program experience in the areas of health and hygiene, women and girl empowerment, legal advocacy, water resource installation and maintenance, vocational support, and education for sustainable agriculture. Read more...

MENSTRAVAGANZA: Breaking the Silence Around Menstruation

By: Danielle Keiser

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder

Now and since the dawn of time, girls and women have bled every month. Even though many accept it is as natural and normal process in human life, menstruation is still treated as the ultimate taboo in many cultures and societies.  If it is discussed, it is done so with shame, embarrassment and disgust. Read more...

The Worm in Your Water

By: Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

This post is part of a series created in partnership by WASH Advocates and Women Deliver. For more information, please contact Cecilia Snyder

To remind ourselves why it is so vitally important to make improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), all we need to do is take a look at what’s in the dirty water. Lurking in infested water sources are parasitic worms that cause diseases such as human hookworm and schistosomiasis. These infections spread easily in communities that don’t have access to clean water or sanitation facilities. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions:Safe Water and Toilets:The Foundation for Empowering Women

By: Nicole Wickenhauser,

What would your life be like if you had to walk 3.7 miles each day for water and wait for the cover of darkness to relieve yourself? It’s hard to even imagine. Yet this is today’s reality for millions of women and girls in developing countries around the world. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Solutions are simanitation solutions. Read more...

Building Our Future, One Girl at a Time

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver; Originally posted on End Water Poverty for Post-2015 Blog Week

Joanna Hoffman is Special Projects Manager at Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. In this post she explains why women and girls must be at the centre of the post-2015 process, and invites you to join the Women Deliver global conference in 2013.

In just a few years, key international agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Programme of Action will expire. Opinions about what will come next are mixed: some believe all health issues—including maternal health, child health, and HIV/AIDS—will be collapsed into one objective; others believe the MDGs should be extended; and others believe an entirely new framework will shape the path forward. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Women and Business Development at Rio+20 - An Interview with Tess Mateo

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

Name: Tess Mateo

Affiliation: Managing Director and Founder of CXCatalysts

Bio: Tess has served as director in the office of the CEO at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the strategic advisor to the Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and has launched a real estate group, technology company, and innovative specialty clothing line. She is also a member of the New York chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s FoundationRead more...

Celebrate Solutions: Girls School Shines Light on Community’s Education, Health, and Future

By: Dr. Aoife Kenny and Rati Bishnoi

For 67 girls, traveling daily through their slum to attend the Kibera School for Girls means getting a superior education, nutritious food, uniforms, supplies, and a chance at a brighter future—for free. Read more... 

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Blogging For Good: Connecting Online Audiences to Offline Actions for Women

In the world's poorest countries, mothers risk their lives giving birth. And women and girls bear the greatest burden when it comes to all issues that contribute to poverty and poor health. Every year, an estimated 358,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth and 8.1 million children die before their fifth birthday.

Can blogging the stories of women and the challenges they face in the developing world turn empathy to action here? Three organizations, ONE, Women Deliver, and Vestergaard Frandsen set out to prove that social media can be a powerful tool to educate, inform, inspire, and make real change on issues like HIV/AIDS, maternal health, child health, clean water, environmental sustainability, and more. Read more...


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