Produced by Women Deliver May 9, 2016

Women Deliver’s Commitment to new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

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2015 and beyond is a moment in time where we are intensely focused on the world and its people. It is a time in which we could see the end of extreme poverty, preventable maternal deaths, and begin to reverse the effects of climate change. While these goals may seem like an unbelievably large undertaking, they can be achieved; but no one person can do it alone. One of the best ways to see progressive change is to work through partnerships. Which is exactly what Women Deliver believes, and exemplifies. Another great example of progress through partnership is Every Woman Every Child, and they’ve been leading the charge for the past five years.

In 2010, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health(Global Strategy). Following right behind to aid with that mission was the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement. Over the past five years, EWEC has made tremendous strides for women and children around the world. It has ensured that governments, multilaterals, the private sector, and civil society are focused on making change for our most for girls and women around the world.

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must keep the momentum for women’s, children’s, and adolescent’s health going. This is why the launch of the new Global Strategy has come at the perfect time. 2015 is a pivotal year for the movement; the new Global Strategy will build on lessons learned, incorporate new evidence, and shift its focus to critical populations groups (i.e. adolescents and women living in conflict settings). The mission of EWEC is to create a world in which every pregnancy is healthy and wanted, where every birth is safe, children survive beyond their 5th birthday, and women, children, and adolescents are empowered to realize their full potential. We agree with that mission to the fullest, which is why Women Deliver is an avid supporter of the new strategy and Every Women Every Child.

We are also firm believers in the power of collaboration. The goals we have set are lofty – yet imperative – and we cannot achieve them alone. Women Deliver's CEO, Katja Iversen had this to say about EWEC: “Progress comes from working in partnerships, and Every Woman Every Child and the Global Strategy are prime examples of effective partnership for change.”

This is why we’ve made our commitments to the Global Strategy. Over 2015 and 2016, Women Deliver commits to working in four areas which will support of the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health.

Women Deliver will:

  • Convene an inspiring triennial Women Deliver conference, Women Deliver 2016 in Copenhagen, which will bring together global leaders to facilitate knowledge exchange and catalyze action;
  • Expand our Young Leaders Program to build the next generation of advocates for girls and women by training 200 more young people to become leaders in their communities;
  • Develop a new advocacy and communications campaign that applies a cross-cutting gender lens to the SDGs, which will help fuel political dialogue and practical action at global and country levels; and
  • Continue ongoing involvement with coalitions and partnerships focused on improving the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.  Our commitment will reach more than 150 countries, 50,000,000 people via communications channels, +5,000 conference participants, +100 partner organizations, and 200 new Young Leaders from throughout the developing world.

This Saturday, EWEC and the Secretary General will host a high-level event to formally launch the Global Strategy. The event will discuss the global progress on women’s and children’s health since the launch of the Global Strategy in 2010 and outline the way forward with the updated Global Strategy. You can follow along on Twitter by using #EWECisMe.

A new era for the health of women, children, and adolescents is upon us. Let’s get started!

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