Women Deliver 50

This morning Women Deliver announced it’s “Women Deliver 50” list spotlighting ideas and solutions that actually improving the lives of women and girls around the world right now.  From hundreds of submissions, to 125 finalists, we have 50 inspiring programs chosen for their work in advocacy and awareness, education, health interventions, and technologies and innovations. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and a member of The Elders, a group that initiated “Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage” said, “The time is now for the global community to prioritize girls and women so that they can fulfill their potential and break the cycle of poverty and inequality”.  From this list it is clear that is already beginning to happen. Below is a list of the top choice from each category.  Be sure to see the full list of all 50 ideas and solutions and the organizations making them a reality. Advocacy and Awareness Aawaaj in Nepal, is helping rural communities respond to systematic violence against women and children through support networks to help eliminate sexual and domestic violence, and offering support to survivors. Education Initiatives Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, through the Hamlin College of Midwives has been working to address the lack of midwives in the country by training women to provide maternal health services in labor and delivery, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, and information technology. Health Interventions EngenderHealth has been working in developing countries for almost two decades to strengthen and modernize health systems to provide effective post-abortion care.  Through this they have trained more that 15,000 clinicians to prevent needless deaths of thousands of women. Leadership and Empowerment Backpack Farm provides women farmers in Kenya and South Sudan everything need to compete with commercial farms, as well as providing green technology, training and financial assistance. They have reached 13,000 farmers with a goal of 25,000 more over the next two years. We hear and say all the time that investing in women pays.  These are just a few examples.  Founded in 2007, Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization working to generate political and financial investment to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.  Through their work and partnerships they have helped to prevent almost 350,000 deaths.  Between Women Deliver and the “Women Deliver 50”, we are able to clearly see that it truly does pay to invest in women.   *Photo via Creative Commons License World Bank Photo Collection

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