Women Deliver Recognizes 20 Emerging Young Leaders with Grants to Implement
Projects in their Communities
22 June 2016, New York – Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, today awarded seed grants
of US$5,000 each to 20 young people to support six-month projects aimed at advancing girls’ and
women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in their communities.
Like the first 10 seed grants provided in 2014, the current projects focus on a variety of sexual and
reproductive health and rights advocacy areas. Annah Sango received a seed grant to improve the
overall health and dignity young women living with HIV in Zimbabwe by providing the necessary skills
and information to which they often lack access. Another seed grant recipient, Jasmine George of India,
is creating six audio podcasts that will inform young people about sexual and reproductive health and
empower them to access those services.
“With half the population in the world being under the age of 30, the voices and choices of young
people is absolutely crucial for people and planet,” says Katja Iversen, Chief Executive Officer and
President of Women Deliver. “With the 20 new Women Deliver seed grants, 20 inspiring young leaders
from 15 countries can catalyze action and improve the lives of thousands of girls and women in their
The 20 grants are a part of the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program, which provides opportunities for
youth advocates to build and strengthen their capacity and skills and find platforms for them to share
their voices and experiences. The grants are funded by Johnson & Johnson, a founding partner of the
Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and long supporter of youth advocacy.
“Johnson & Johnson believes the future is in the hands of our youth. They are powerful voices and
agents of change for their own needs, transforming policy, programs, cultural norms and their
communities for the better,” said Lauren Moore, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Johnson &
About Women Deliver: As a leading global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights and wellbeing,
Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress, particularly in maternal,
sexual, and reproductive health and rights. It builds capacity, shares solutions, and forges partnerships,
together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and
investment in girls and women. Women Deliver believes that when the world invests in girls and
women, everybody wins.