#MDG456: Conversations on Women & Children during the UN General Assembly

A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During U.N. Week
September 18, 2014

FEATURED COVERAGE

Welcome to #MDG456Live

As the MNCH community begins to arrive in New York City for the 69th United Nations General Assembly Session, we are taking a look back at last year's top conversations in preparation for this year's #MDG456Live initiative. 
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

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Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014

By UNICEF
New estimates in Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2014 show that in 2013, 6.3 million children under five died from mostly preventable causes, around 200,000 fewer than in 2012, but still equal to nearly 17,000 child deaths each day. Read about the new data released on Tuesday by the United Nations.
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Midwives are the cornerstone to MDG 4 & 5 success

By Esther Sharma, Girls' Globe
We have less than 500 days to meet MDGs 4 and 5, focused on improving child and maternal health. Sustained and focused efforts have resulted in impressive improvements in many countries. However, there is still a long way to go, and despite overall global reductions in child (under 5) mortality rates, infant mortality rates have actually risen.
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Perspective

Why we should judge the world on the health of women

By Jim Campbell, Global Health Workforce Alliance // HuffPost Global Motherhood
Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and accessing quality care.
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VIDEOS TO INSPIRE

Reimagining Adolescent Health

By Jhpiego // Adolescents are the generation that will build the world’s future and we must address head-on the issues that will affect their health and well-being.
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The Global Shortage Of Health Care Workers

HuffPost Live // The WHO says the world is already short 7 million health care workers, and that the number will grow to almost 13 million by 2035.
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#MDG456LIVE SPOTLIGHT

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

'Will the ‘Usual Suspects’ give up their seats for CITIZEN LEADERS at the top tables during the United Nations General Assembly this year?' asks Rev. Olution in the White Ribbon Alliance Citizens Post tabloid. With less than 500 days to the deadline for global leaders to deliver their promises to women and children, its time to listen to those leading change.

Let's track citizens voices this UNGA on #CitizensPost - and show how citizens are demanding results on promises made.
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193 Countries Share 8 Goals For Ending Extreme Poverty. What Are They?

By Ray Chambers, United Nations Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria // The MDGs have driven remarkable progress in so many countries across the globe over the past 14 years. More girls are in school, more children live to see their fifth birthdays and more families have access to clean water and sustainable sources of food than we ever could have imagined when the goals were set.

Yet the value of the MDGs extends beyond the tangible achievements of lives saved. These goals have linked all of mankind through a shared pursuit of something greater than our individual or even national selves. The MDGs have linked us globally.
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GIRLS' GLOBE REPORTING

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#ShowYourSelfie: Girls should be free from violence

By Diane Fender // Several weeks ago I received the joyous news that a new baby girl will join my sister’s family this Spring. When my six-year-old niece was born I had the privilege of helping my sister through labor and experienced the miracle of birth. Watching new life come into the world is one of the most amazing experiences. I am overjoyed with the news of another niece on the way and will have the same incredible opportunity.
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Maternal Health: More Than Just Survival!

By Julia Wiklander // Around the world, women and girls of reproductive age get pregnant – either by choice, through thoughtful planning, after years of longing or under less joyful circumstances. The news of expecting a baby, another family member, may come as a silent intuition or a shock combined with morning sickness, and every woman’s experience is unique.
 
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Getting to know the Girls' Globe Bloggers

Girls’ Globe is a network of passionate young women and organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls, and through it, change the world. Girls' Globe will be in NYC during UNGA providing live coverage for the #MDG456Live initative. Take a moment to get the know the bloggers.
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CROWD VOICES

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Population-Level Behavior Change to Enhance Child Survival and Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

A newly released supplement to the Journal of Health Communication applies high standards of evidence to the review of health communication and behavior change programs. This supplement is the result of a 2013 Evidence Summit to determine which evidence-based interventions and strategies support a sustainable shift in health-related behaviors.
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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2014

The 2014 Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewedprogress report, indicates that the first 28 days of a newborn’s life are the most vulnerable with almost 2.8 million babies dying each year during this period. One million of them don’t even live to see their second day of life.
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Young Leader Nargis Shirazi Nominated for The Waislitz Global Citizen Award

By Women Deliver // Nargis Shirazi, one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders, Founder of the Wo-man Foundation, and It Takes Two Campaign Project Manager, has been nominated for the Waislitz Global Citizen Award in recognition of her work to empower girls and women in Uganda by advancing their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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What Giving Birth Looks Like Around the World

By Slate // Photographer Alice Proujansky is a photojournalist who has embarked on a journey to document what birth looks like around the world. View this great showcase of Proujansky’s “Birth Culture” photos.
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MORE NEWS

When Being Pregnant At Work Has Distinct Advantages - HuffPost Global Motherhood Blog

Sexual Rights for Young People Can't Be Ignored - Global Citizen Blog

Moving Mountains - Huffpost Global Motherhood Blog

10 Reasons Why Investing in Women and Girls is So Vital - Global Citizen Blog

Moving Mountains - Huffpost Global Motherhood Blog


 

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A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During U.N. Week

September 21, 2014

FEATURED COVERAGE

Elevating the conversation on women & children during the 2014 UN General Assembly

#MDG456Live officially launches today. Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, Patrick Fine, CEO of FHI 360 and Julia Wiklander, Founder of Girls' Globe invite you to engage in a digital conversation on the why it is essential to place women and children at the center of the development agenda.
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

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The gender data problem we should be talking about

By Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation // LinkedIn
Data privacy, security, and mining – these are all important issues that certainly deserve discussion. But there is one data issue that hasn’t gotten enough attention: the gender data gap.
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Report

Success factors for women’s and children’s health

By the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
As a follow up to the launch of the 10 Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health country highlights at the 2014 Partners’ Forum in June, PMNCH has published a series of findings from research across 142 countries.
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Perspective

The future we want

By Nana Taona Kuo, Every Woman Every Child // Devex
Thanks to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, the subsequent Every Woman Every Child movement and the work of the many partners around the world, the progress that has been made for women and children has been the success story of the MDGs.
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VIDEOS TO INSPIRE

CNN Hero: Newborn health, teen pregnancy & thecycle of poverty

By Girls' Globe // Catalina Escobar is the founder of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation that works to improve newborn health, combat teenage pregnancy and break the cycle of poverty in Colombia.
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CITIZENS' POST: Uganda National Alliance impact

By White Ribbon Alliance // World leaders are attending the annual UN General Assembly to review progress on governments’ commitments to improve maternal and newborn health. We want to make sure that citizens' voices are heard.
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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Newborn Health: How do we care for the most vulnerable in our society?

By Liz Fortier // When the UN millennium development goals (MDGs) were established in 2000, the reduction of child mortality was named as MDG 4. The target of MDG 4 is to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate. The indicators that are used to track progress against MDG 4 are under-five mortality rate, the infant mortality rate, and the proportion of 1 year-old children immunized against measles.
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Breaking the cycle to end gender-based violence

By June Eric-Udorie // Every morning, I wake up excited to attend another day of school. At school, I have an opportunity to learn new things, enjoy my lessons and participate in new activities. We have all heard the phrase, “If you educate a girl, you educate a nation.” Globally, it is estimated that 66 million girls will not have access to an education. Unlike many girls, I have the ability to access my right to education, choose who I marry and will have as many children as I desire.
 
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Why the health of mothers and newborns is inseparable

By Esther Sharma // I visited Maryam when her baby was 2 weeks old. I had been meaning to go sooner, but the steep, icy roads up to her 'house' in Kabul prohibited an earlier visit. I guess that Maryam was about 15 when she had her baby, but no one really knows. She lived in a noisy and sparse house full of women and babies -- no men, which is unusual in Afghanistan and left the household somewhat vulnerable.
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CROWD VOICES

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Helping women through clean water and sanitation

By Katja Iversen and Massimo Berruti // In the U.S., the average girl can pour herself a glass of clean water when she’s thirsty. She can walk to school on paved streets without sewage getting in her way. And, when she matures, she can easily purchase feminine hygiene products and use a private restroom at her convenience. Her period is a nuisance, but it does not disrupt her day – or her life.
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Midwives in Myanmar: Delivering life-changing choices

By Marie Stopes International // Seventy percent of people in Myanmar live in rural, hard-to-reach communities. Often in these communities, women struggle to get accurate information about healthcare and the services they’re entitled to, with information about sexual and reproductive health being particularly hard to come by. Midwives are the backbone of the country’s health system.
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Building momentum for sexual and reproductive health in the post-2015 dialogue

By Tricia Petruney and Ward Cates, FHI 360 // Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development. As the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development comes closer to finalizing the post-2015 global development goals, a growing crescendo of voices is commenting on where we stand with regard to meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of the world's girls, women and couples and is offering ideas on how to move ahead.
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Teenage girls in southern Malawi reject ‘sexual cleansing’

By Denise Dunning, Let Girls Lead, and Joyce Mkandawire, Genet // Memory Banda beat the odds. In Malawi, five out of every 10 girls marry before the age of 18. Her sister married aged 11, but Banda vowed to finish school. When girls in her village were subjected to sexual initiation, Banda organised literacy classes to teach them how to read.
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Quality care at birth could save nearly 3 million children

By UN News Center // The majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth, according to the findings released today in a study supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is urging additional attention and resources for this group of children.
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MORE NEWS

UN chiefs urged to give up seats for civil society groups at maternal health talks - The Guardian

Education can save lives, help reach sustainable development goals - UN News Centre

Plight of a Malawian girl-child  - HuffPost Global Motherhood Blog

Nearly 3 million Syrian children not in school - HuffPost Global Motherhood Blog

Senegal: Kangaroo mother care is saving newborns - UNICEF Connect


 

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Recap of September 21, 2014

FEATURED COVERAGE

Leave no woman, child or adolescent behind

During the 2014 Accountability Breakfast, important new data and evidence were highlighted from several new reports including the 2014 PMNCH Report on Commitments to the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health and the third report from iERG.
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

Perspective

Listen, learn and give young people what they deserve

By Katja Iversen, Women Deliver
It’s almost a cliché to agonize about the legacy of global chaos and misery that our children and young people are going to inherit. How are they going to deal with the mess we've created?
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How does mobile innovation support the MDGs?

By Kirsten Gagnaire, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action
Sometimes it’s difficult to see where one organization like MAMA fits into the larger goal that we’re all working toward: a peaceful and secure world where all men, women and children have what they need to contribute to society and thrive. But like many of the UN’s campaigns and initiatives, MAMA has multiple touch points to the larger work.
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News

Canada ‘Incubates’ 22 Bold New Ideas

By Grand Challenges Canada
On the eve of United Nations General Assembly events focused on ways to save and improve the lives of mothers, newborns and children, Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in grants for 22 bold ideas to address this challenge.
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VIDEOS TO INSPIRE

Generating dialogue around taboo topics

Nargis Shirazi, Women Deliver Young Leader and founder of the Wo-Man Foundation in Uganda, talks about how arts and entertainment can open up dialogue around taboo subjects.
 
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The secret to MDG success

Leith Greenslade, Vice Chair of the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs, highlights the role of women's empowerment as the critical factor in the countries that have achieved the strongest MDG performance.
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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Day one recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Girls' Globe bloggers were in NYC on Saturday and Sunday capturing the top news and events focused on women and children.
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Young People Speak Out on Post-2015 Priorities! #ShowYourSelfie

Girls' Globe spoke to young people attending the Social Good Summit 2014, to hear their views on what global leaders can't ignore as they set the post-2015 agenda!
 
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International Day of Peace 2014

By Liz Fortier // This year’s International Day of Peace takes place when peace looks impossible to reach. Lately, the news has been discouraging. News of war, famine, violence and disease can be seen daily and for me, and I am sure for others, the news is frightening. Last week, Pope Francis remarked that the world’s many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three.
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We Need A Data Revolution: Progress on Women's and Children's Health

By Diane Fender // The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health (PMNCH) rallies organizations, individuals, governments and the private sector to work together in an effort to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Over the past five years, much progress has been made in the fight to improve maternal and child health.
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CROWD VOICES

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Citizens Share Solutions

By White Ribbon Alliance // The evidence is clear that listening to citizen demands brings faster progress for women and their babies. White Ribbon Alliance is working to make sure community leaders are at the top tables to share what the solutions are. We want action based on these solutions – instead of more global meetings that cost a fortune, where we listen to the same speakers year after year. We count on your support to make this happen.
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"Gender equality is your issue, too."

By Emma Watson // "Today we are launching a campaign called 'HeForShe.'; I am reaching out to you because I need your help. We want to end gender inequality—and to do that we need everyone to be involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible."
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Preventing needless deaths and the intergenerational costs of inaction

By Koki Argarwal, Maternal and Child Survival Program // With the 500-day deadline for the MDGs now behind us, we realize how much more there is to do to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. Under no circumstances can we afford to lose the momentum in the days leading to the culmination of the MDGs. At the core of this stalled progress is equity: the ability to reach those most in need, especially in low-resource settings, with high-quality services.
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So close, yet so far: Maternal and child health in africa

By Nelly Lukale // The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health are lagging far behind the targets. Although Africa is only 12% of the global population, it accounts for half of all maternal deaths and deaths of children under five. In many developing countries, ensuring mothers stay alive, are healthy and their children can thrive are major challenges.
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MORE NEWS

How Social Good Summit Is Unfolding on Social Media - Mashable

Alicia Keys Asks: Why Are We Here? - The New York Times

Saving Lives at Birth: Do We Have a Game-Changer? - Impatient Optimists

9 Powerful Quotes on Gender and Equality - Bustle

Activists urge renewed women’s rights focus as UN meets in New York - The Guardian

World leaders head to UN General Assembly session on population, development - UN News Center

Cairo+20: What progress has been made on women's rights? - The Guardian


 

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A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During U.N. Week
Recap of September 22, 2014

FEATURED COVERAGE

UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’

On September 22, UNICEF launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services. “It gives governments and development professionals new tools they can customize to connect citizens and critical services – mainstreaming innovation and making it work for the most disadvantaged children.” said Dr. Sharad Sapra, Director of UNICEF’s global Innovation Center.
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

Perspective

How can men help stop the spread of HIV to infants and children?

By Barbara Bush & Brian Ssennoga, Global Health Corps
The past fifteen years have shown major improvements in ending the AIDS epidemic globally. But an AIDS-free generation cannot be reached without the investment of men in women’s maternal and reproductive health.
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Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity

By Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation
Right now, 222 million girls and women around the world have an unmet need for modern contraception. As long as any girl or woman is denied quality reproductive health services and information, our work securing human rights remains incomplete.
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News

Activists urge renewed women’s rights focus as UN meets in New York

By Liz Ford, The Guardian
A landmark conference in Cairo 20 years ago that sought to put women’s rights, empowerment and well-being at the centre of discussions about population growth and development has brought some change, but has not lived up to its promise, according to women’s rights campaigners.
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VIDEOS TO INSPIRE

Eradicating malaria is critical to a healthier, more productive future

Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, emphasizes the importance of working together to eradicate malaria, especially for those under children under the age of five.
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A call to UNGA to support citizen's working to bring about change

Faridah Mwanje, Communications Officer, White Ribbon Alliance, believes the power of citizens is essential in bringing about change.
 
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Women Are at the Center

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Men's Role

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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Day two recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Girls' Globe bloggers were in NYC on Saturday and Sunday capturing the top news and events focused on women and children.
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War and Women

By Farah Mohammed // In military conflicts, there are never winners. Without fail, war brings a devastating loss of life, property and irreparable psychological damage to civilians. Though it is not often brought into the spotlight, the suffering of women can be particularly acute. Major General Patrick Cammaert, a former member of the UN Peacekeepers, was reported as commenting, “It is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in modern conflict.”
 
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Do you watch TV? You're not getting the whole picture.

By Holly Curtis // On Monday, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media hosted the 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media to discuss the underrepresentation of women in the industry. It was an honest, concise and transformative event that is sure to alter the way I consume media for the rest of my life.
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More than a number

By Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation // This week, the international aid world will convene in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly to discuss data, procedures, progress or perhaps lack thereof. But it’s important to remember that behind all of these facts and figures are women like Shefali.
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VOICES ON THE STREET

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What global leaders can't ignore in the post-2015 agenda!

Girls' Globe chatted with men and women on the street to get their persepctives on what globalleaders shouldn't be ignoring while developing the post-2015 development agenda.
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CROWD VOICES

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Empowering girls key to Africa's success, leaders affirm

By UNFPA // “With significant investments in the education of young girls, sexual and reproductive health for youth and adolescents, as well as women’s empowerment in our counties, we will change the face of the Sahel,” President of Chad Idriss Déby said at the United Nations today, during a high-level panel on the potential of young people to drive economic growth in the Sahel region of Africa.
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Zero Mothers Die: Bold new initiative launched at UN General Assembly event

By UNAIDS // Efforts to reduce high maternal and child mortality received a welcome boost with the launch of a new global campaign, Zero Mothers Die, at an official high-level side event held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
 
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Millennium Development Goals: Interconnected web of individual goals

By Carla Koppell, USAID // In 465 days we will see which Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) we achieved and where we fell short. As the focus sharpens on progress and impediments to reaching our objectives, the clearer it becomes that the eight MDGs are fundamentally interdependent. Progress towards an individual MDG can accelerate advancement elsewhere; stagnation in one area risks impeding progress towards other goals. To advance, we must balance the focus on single sectors with a cross-sectoral vision that ensures we foster long-term prosperity and well-being.
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Reaching every child through immunization innovation

By Seth Berkely, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance // More than 200 years since Edward Jenner’s first pioneering work, vaccines continue to be one of the most innovative and cost-effective health interventions the world has ever seen. They have already paved the way for dramatic reductions in life-threatening and debilitating diseases in wealthy and many developing countries. But now, thanks to the accelerated development of new vaccines and new ways of improving access to immunization, we have the opportunity to reach every child, no matter where they live.
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What's possible if we #Commit2Deliver

By Nicole Schiegg // It is that time of year again, commonly known as "UNGA" to the many policy, technical and advocacy experts buzzing around the United Nations in New York. As we look forward and position issues for the post-2015 development agenda, it is important to reflect on what is possible if we accelerate action, target resources and embrace accountability in the remaining time of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For women's and children's health the vision is to end preventable maternal and child deaths in a generation. This goal is within reach, but more needs to be done as we approach 2015 for a sustainable future.
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MORE NEWS

Counting on Girls - HuffPost Global Motherhood

Access and Simple Innovation Can Stop Maternal Death in Africa - Mashable

Plight of a Malawian Girl-Child - HuffPost Global Motherhood

Ending Povery Through Sustainable Development and Leaving No One Behind - Devex

President Carter Discusses How Technology Helps Wage Peace, Fight Disease - The Carter Center Blog


 

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A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During the U.N. Assembly
Recap of September 23, 2014

FEATURED COVERAGE

Front & Center: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) took center stage on Tuesday during the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

Outcomes

Outcomes from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples signifies a major step forward for indigenous children

By UNICEF
For UNICEF, the outcome document’s emphasis on the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples is especially welcome, as is the impetus to empower and build capacity in youth and young people.
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Blog

Kindling family planning change in urban slums

By By Gita Pillai, Anju Dadhwal Singh
The slum is home to around 400 families, all working as rag pickers — a voiceless community living on occupied land, largely invisible to the world around them. But a chance meeting with Radha, a community worker supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Urban Health Initiative, has created ripples of hope.
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News

Our uncommon future: Women, children and climate change

By Tara Morazzini, MAMA Global
This morning, inspired by the UN Climate Summit buzz, I read a report which eloquently describes the earth as “an organism whose health depends on the health of all its parts” and posits that in order to achieve sustainable development we must recognize that the many crises facing the planet are interconnected.
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DAILY SHARABLES

Benefits of Breastfeeding

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Social Determinants

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CONVERSATIONS 

Engaging youth to become strong leaders

Barbara Bush, founder of Global Health Corps and Aria Finger, COO of DoSomething.org discuss how to foster leadership and engagement among youth.
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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Day three recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Tuesday was a packed day of conversations on how to accelerate action for women's and children's health and rights - with a main focus on strengthening partnerships between sectors and including youth at the table!
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Malawi's Success Story

By Women & Children First, Surviving Childhood in Africa // There is worldwide agreement that a concerted effort is required to ensure children in under-developed regions, survive and thrive. Progress on child survival in Sub-Saharan Africa has been patchy, but Malawi is an example of how a poor country can meet global goals. Political leadership is vital, but NGOs, such as Women and Children First and its partners in Malawi can make an important contribution.
 
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'Create our future by design, not by accident!'

By Liz Fortier // Last night, I attended the UNGA event, Leader’s Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action, hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, addressed the attendees through video, and called on the group, on the eve of the Climate Summit, to forge a new agenda with bold and transformative action, and listen to the voices of women when creating a universal climate agreement for 2015.
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Unpaid, Unrecognized, Undervalued: Women's and Girls' Care Work

By Felogene // Nafula, a young twenty-five year old from Chavakali, Kenya begins her day at 4a.m. Before the sun rises, she walks more than 2 kilometres to the borehole where 20 other women are already in the queue. It takes one hour for her to collect water for the day. With a 5 month old child on her back, a twenty litre container on her head and a small five litre container, she hurries home to prepare breakfast for her husband and two children. 
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#MDG456LIVE VOICES

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Priorities for women and children before the end of the MDGs

Girls' Globe asked MNCH leaders to share their thoughts on what action is needed for women and children before the end of the MDGs.
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Youth Voices in the Post-2015 Agenda!

Youth raise their voices and share what they believe leaders can not ignore in the post-2015 agenda. Youth voices include Julia Atieno, SM Shaikat, Cecilia Garcia Ruiz, Maureen Odour and Nargis Shirazi.
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CROWD VOICES

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Addressing MDGs 4, 5, and 6

By Johnson & Johnson // On September 23, 2014, Johnson & Johnson joined partners to discuss their current work - and paths to be taken - in improving the health of mothers, girls, newborns, and children. The lively discussions focused on tools for health worker improvement, the impact of social determinants of health on maternal & newborn survival, and how the world's youth is inspiring and creating innovation.
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New fund for sexual and reproductive health and rights to support women, girls and marginalized

By Women Deliver // 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.
 
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Pushing for progress on maternal, newborn and child health

By Dr. Timothy Mastro, FHI 360 Director, Global Health, Population and Nutrition // The numbers are shocking. Each year, 2.8 million babies die during their first 28 days of life, while almost 800 women die every day in pregnancy or childbirth. A vast majority of these deaths are preventable through simple interventions: providing mothers and their children with access to basic, quality health care, especially during pregnancy and childbirth; encouraging mothers to breastfeed; and treating diarrhea and pneumonia, two of the leading killers of children under 5 years of age.
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VIDEO: “RMNCH+A” – But what does the “A” stand for?

By USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program // At 243 million, adolescents represent 25% of India’s total population. That’s more than the total population of Brazil, the fifth most populous country in the world. Approximately 48% of these adolescents are teenage girls and young women who together account for 45% of India’s maternal deaths.
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Time every woman is allowed to decide for herself

By Tewodros Melesse, Head of the International Planned Parenthood Federation // Beatrice Akoth had never wanted or planned to have nine children, but she had no choice. Although the idea is incomprehensible for many of us, Beatrice, like millions of other women and girls, had no access to contraception when she desperately needed it. “When I was a young girl, I never thought I would have nine children. After each child, I got pregnant again, nine months later,” she said.
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The $30 Pink Cellphone That Could Help Save the Lives of Pregnant Women

By Lucy Westcott // A new campaign launched Monday is hoping to reduce deaths of expectant mothers in developing countries by providing them with mobile phones loaded with health advice and emergency numbers. The Zero Mothers Die campaign, launched at the Global Sustainable Development Foundation meeting at the United Nations on Monday, aims to improve the lives of pregnant women by giving them access to vital health care information through mobile phones they have dubbed ‘Mum’s Phone.’
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Good Information = Good Decisions

By Michael Bzdak, Executive Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson // Who can argue with the idea that good decisions should always flow from good information? This seemingly obvious logic raises questions about how we collect, access and sort information, and, ultimately, use it to make decisions. How can we be sure that we have the right data at the right time, and that it is organized and interpreted in the right way to support decision-making?
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MORE NEWS

Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns - HuffPost Global Motherhood

Child malnutrition emergency in South Sudan - UNICEF

Film industry perpetuates gender discrimination, says UN-backed study - The Guardian

UN experts urge real dialogue with children about their rights, decisions that affect them - UN News Centre

Giving Young Women a Fair -- and Healthy -- Chance - The Huffington Post Impact Blog

Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2105 Development Agenda - The Huffington Post


 

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Recap of September 24, 2014

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#YouthVoices: Nothing about us without us.

Throughout the week, young people have played an active - and extremely important - role in the conversations on the post-2015 development agenda. The themes of the week centered around meaningful inclusion of the youth voice and fostering the next generation of leaders who will be acting on the 2030 goals.
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

News

Hillary Clinton promises education for 14 million girls

By Eliana Dockterman, TIME
On Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton and Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new Clinton Global Initiative commitment with the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution for girls’ education called CHARGE - The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education.
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The case for integrated health interventions to reach those most in need

By Susan Shepherd & Mark Grabowsky, Devex
Bringing lifesaving interventions to pregnant women, mothers and children living in crisis settings is thus becoming a new and recognized frontier in the battle to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
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Capturing women's multidimentional experiences of extreme poverty

By Catherine Cozzarelli and Susan Markham, USAID
To accurately compare the prevalence of extreme poverty among women as compared to men, researchers must assess poverty at the individual, rather than household, level. This has proven to be a steep methodological challenge.
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CONVERSATIONS 

Youth involvement and mentorship as a way of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Global Health Corps alumni, Yvette Efevbera and Mothers2Mothers mentor Violet Mbewe discuss the importance of education in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Day four recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Wednesday has been another exciting day full of discussions on how to further advance the conversation women and children's health with a focus on adolescents and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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#ShowYourSelfie: Educate Girls

By Megan Foo // I believe that girls’ education is one of the most powerful investments anyone can make. When a girl completes her secondary education, she receives an 18% increase in future wages. When a mother has an extra year of schooling, the risks of her children having infant mortality is reduced by 5% to 10%.
 
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We Can't Have a Post-2015 Agenda without SRHR

By Elisabeth Epstein // In 2000, the creators of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) completely overlooked sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), a mistake that, if repeated, would cripple the dreams of millions of young girls and women for years and generations to come.
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#MDG456LIVE VOICES

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Wangari Wanjiku on Youth and SRHR!

Wangari “Mourine” Wanjiku, 22, is a third year student at the prestigious Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, based in Juja outside of Nairobi Kenya. An aspiring poet, Wangari is studying Agricultural Economics. Through Jhpiego’s Brighter Future project, supported by Merck for Mothers, Wangari has been trained as a reproductive health peer educator and life plan facilitator, and as a result of that training, was a founding member of The Brighter Future club on campus.
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Girls' Globe speaks with Memory Banda!

Memory Banda is an eighteen year old activist from Malawi. She works as an advocate against child marriage in conjunction with Girls' Empowerment Network, Malawi and Let Girls Lead. Memory shares what action she wants to see for girls in the post-2015 agenda.
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Girls' Globe speaks with Verily Magazine!

Girls' Globe chats with Kara Eschbach, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Verily Magazine. She shares the impact they have on women and girls in the US. Kara also shares what action she wants to see for women in the US and around the world.
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CROWD VOICES

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Invest in New Media for Better Health of Young People

By Rehema Z 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.
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VIDEO: Jeffrey D. Sachs Shares thoughts with one million community health workers

By Maternal and Child Survival Program // Jeffrey D. Sachs shared thoughts with an audience at the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign event “Beyond Health Financing: Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Through Equitable Access to Health Workers” held at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, NY.
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Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Robert Walker, President, Population Institute // The UN this week is hosting dueling deliberations on population and climate change — a special session of the United Nations General Assembly observing the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the UN Climate Summit — and both meetings take place within the larger context of a growing debate on the design of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. 
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Giving Adolescents a Brighter Future

Everlyn Njiri, an intern with Jhpiego’s Brighter Futures program in Kenya, reflects on the beginning of the school year, and what experiences she would share with young people today. Read through her ‘Five Must-Do’s for Kenya College Students’!
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Reimaging Adolescent Health — Educate, Engage, Empower Youth

By Ann LoLordo, Jhpiego // Ask a room full of global health experts, women’s advocates, NGO professionals, youth activists and corporate leaders what success would look like in a world where the health and social challenges facing adolescents of the developing world were properly addressed. Read what they had to say.
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Women's rights: Engaging the other half of the population

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA // Leaders at this year's UN General Assembly will focus on challenges such as terrorism, climate change and the spread of Ebola. They will also reflect on progress made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, a groundbreaking moment for women and their right to control their lives and fertility.
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Why the SDGs must deliver for young people

By Ulla Muller, Country Director, Marie Stopes Tanzania // Tanzania is at a turning point. With over 50% of the population under the age of 20, Tanzania is younger than it has ever been and ever will be, creating a situation that is full of potential but also challenges. Over the next 10-15 years, Tanzania’s largest ever population of adolescents will become its largest ever population of young workers. This shift from a large proportion of dependants to a large proportion of economically productive individuals represents an opportunity for accelerated growth, often referred to as a ‘demographic dividend’.
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MORE NEWS

Smartphone App May Allow Parents To Screen Newborns For Jaundice - HuffPost Global Motherhood

MDG Goals 4 and 5 are critical for India - Defeatdd.org

UN begins talks on SDGs, 'carrying the hopes of millions and millions' - The Guardian

MDGs: Child and maternal health needs critical care - Mail & Guardian


 

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Recap of September 25, 2014

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World Bank unveils innovative financing mechanism to accelerate MNCH progress

The World Bank Group and Governments of Canada, Norway, and the United States announced yesterday that they will jumpstart the creation of an innovative Global Financing Facility (GFF) to mobilize support for developing countries’ plans to accelerate progress on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and bring an end to preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030.
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EMERGING CONVERSATIONS

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We know it works, so let's keep women's health central in global development

By Ann M. Starrs, Guttmacher Institute
This week, leaders from around the world have convened at the UN as they enter the final year of a lengthy, complicated process of reaching consensus around a new set of goals for 2015-2030, known as the Sustainable Development Goals.
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A price too high to bear: The costs of maternal mortality to families and communities

By Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Interim President, Family Care International
During the UNGA this week, many partners are committing to deliver on promises to accelerate progress on MDGs 4 and 5. There has also been a renewed focus on the importance of solid data to track progress on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and to hold stakeholders accountable totheir commitments.
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Why contraceptives? Here are the top 5 benefits

By Katja Iversen & Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver
As the world celebrates World Contraception Day on Sept. 26, it’s worth reviewing some of the ways that access to modern contraception improves not only the lives of girls and women, but also men, boys and society in general.
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CONVERSATIONS 

"Twinning" with other countries to improve midwifery

Toyin Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, speaks with Sandra Oyarzo, ICM Board Member, about how midwifery can benefit from sharing lessons-learned across countries.
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GIRLS' GLOBE LIVE REPORTING

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Day five recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Yesterday was an exciting day in New York City, one that started off with a great conversation with Nick Kristof and continued with new commitments announced at the UN for maternal and child health - and more! 
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Girls' Globe speaks with Nick Kristof

By Diane Fender // This morning Elisabeth Epstein and I had the privilege to speak with New York Times journalist, author and activist Nicholas Kristof in an interactive Google+ Hangout. In their new book, A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn highlight powerful stories of people who are making a difference. The book shares courageous stories from young people working to combat trafficking, illiteracy, poor education and a myriad of other issues around the world.
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Fighting maternal and infant mortality in Somaliland

By Edna Adan Hospital Foundation // This week, the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convenes in New York City to examine 20 years of actions taken by governments to improve people’s lives and address population issues. The Head of State reaffirmed ‘their commitments to place people at the centre of development.’ Africa has 12% of the global population and accounts for half of all maternal and infant deaths. Somaliland, located in the Horn of Africa and with a population of 3.5 million has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.
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#Commit2Deliver: Maternal and Child Health

By Elisabeth Woodfield // New data released by the United Nations show under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013. 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990. 3.3 million malaria deaths were prevented in a span of 12 years. Regardless, overall progress is still short of meeting the MDG targets by 2015. On Tuesday, we will have 456 days left to achieve the MDGS.
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#MDG456LIVE VOICES

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Pam Barnes: Where's the family planning?

Girls' Globe chats with Pam Barnes, President of EngenderHealth, about their new campaign: "WTFP: Where's the Family Planning?!" Pam shares what action she wants to see before the end of the MDGs.
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Memory Banda: Leaders need to act!

Memory Banda is an eighteen year old activist from Malawi. She works as an advocate against child marriage in conjunction with Girls' Empowerment Network, Malawi and Let Girls Lead. Memory shares what action she wants to see for girls in the post-2015 agenda.
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CROWD VOICES

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“It is the task of the midwife, where there are women and children, that is where we go”

By Mazidatul // My name is Mazidatul, but people usually call me Zizi. I am 24 years old and a female midwife from Indonesia. I graduated from PGRI Adi Buana University in Surabaya, East Java with a Diploma Degree in Midwifery. Right now I am preparing to go to another hidden paradise in Indonesia, in Sulawesi. I am not going alone, but with my team: a doctor from Bali, a nurse from Lampung, a nutritionist from Malang, and an epidemiologist from Pekanbaru. We will go to a small village called Ogotua, which is on the island of Sulawesi.
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Family planning in Tanzania: An investment in our women and our future

By Halima Shariff, Director, Advance Family Planning Tanzania // Two years ago, Semeni and Balisyega may not have had access to a range of modern contraceptive options, including long-acting reversible methods like implants. In fact, the Lake Zone — where they live — and the Western Zone have the lowest contraceptive prevalence rates and highest maternal and child death rates in the country. CPR in the Lake Zone ranges from only 10 to 12 percent, and 38 percent of women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraceptives.
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Shujaaz - Engaging youth through multimedia

By DJ B // “Shujaaz” (Heroes) is a two-time Emmy Award-winning multimedia platform in Kenya and launched in Tanzania designed to engage young people (aged 15-24) in a big conversation to take action and share good ideas that they can use to improve their lives. It’s is the story of 19-year-old Boyie, who has completed his school education but hasn’t been able to find work. Boyie however has a secret: he is actually DJ B, host of Kenya’s biggest “pirate” radio show “Shujaaz.fm”.
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The obvious relationship between climate and family planning — and why we don’t talk about it

By Valerie Tarico // Several years ago, Bill Gates keynoted a breakfast for Seattle-based Climate Solutions, a nonprofit focused on advancing the clean energy economy and driving practical, profitable solutions to climate change. Gates opened his speech with an equation. To paraphrase: Our carbon problem = persons x services x the energy intensity of services x the carbon intensity of energy.
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10 times women were anything but underrepresented during U.N. Week

By Jessica Prois & Eleanor Goldberg // During this year's U.N. Week, women did werk -- especially for other women. Politicians, human rights advocates, corporate executives and many others gathered in New York City this week to discuss some of the world's most pressing crises -- and make public pledges to help solve them. Here are ways that women leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Mashable's Social Good Summit took concrete measures to empower women and girls globally
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Innovating for Impact

By Julie Cornell, Johnson & Johnson // How can innovation drive continued improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health? On Thursday, September 25th, a conversation facilitated by USAID, Jhpiego, and MSCP focused on these themes.
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Philanthropy & the Post-2015 Agenda

By Patrick McCrummen, Johnson & Johnson // On Thursday, September 25th, the Ford Foundation hosted a discussion on the future of philanthropy and its role in shaping & supporting a post-2015 agenda.
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World Bank-led financing facility aims to boost progress on MDGs 4 & 5

By Jeff Tyson, Devex // Significant gains have been made since the Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000. But with less than 500 days to go before the 2015 deadline, more progress is needed to meet MDG 4 and MDG 5. On Thursday, the World Bank announced more details about a new instrument to coordinate and leverage financial resources to boost maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in developing countries from 2015 to 2030.
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In her own voice: Why mentoring and girls’ education are vital in Kenya

By Juliah Atieno // Juliah, 18, is a peer educator who participates in FHI 360’s Four Pillars PLUS project in Kenya. Funded by the GE Foundation, the project uses a model of student scholarships, professional development for teachers, mentoring of girls and community participation to improve the quality and relevance of education for orphans and other children, especially girls, in secondary school. Another component of the project is addressing the challenges of youth employment by helping young women successfully transition from school to the workforce.
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Photo Journal: There’s an app for that

By the Guardian & Visa // Throughout the developing world, pregnancy and child birth are dangerous for mothers and newborns. Expectant mothers are often unable to get the care they need and, as HIV claims their parents, many children are left without sufficient support. Now, a cadre of Kenyan community health workers – mobile phones in hand – is making a difference
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MORE NEWS

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly - HuffPost Global Motherhood

Agents of Change: Cherie Blair Foundation and Visa partner to support Nigeria’s female entrepreneurs as mobile banking agents - The Guardian

Fistula Camp: Spreading Awareness on Prevention and Cures in Senegal - The Tostan Blog

Victoria Beckham Delivers Truly Honest, Passionate Speech At UN - HuffPost Global Motherhood


 

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Wrap-up Issue: September 30th

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456 days left to deliver for women & children

Today marks 456 days from when the Millenium Development Goals are set to expire. Although there has been progress in some areas, we still live in a world where every year, 6.3 million children and 289,000 mothers die from causes we know how to prevent. What will you do in the next 456 days?
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Why the fight for maternal and child health is a race against time

By Sharon D'Agostino, Johnson & Johnson
The most vulnerable mothers, infants and children need our steadfast, collective commitment through 2015 and beyond. Despite the efforts of governments, UN Agencies, NGOs, foundations, health care associations, academic institutions and private sector companies, maternal and child health will remain the "unfinished agenda" of the MDGs.
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Citizens Post thanks global leaders

By White Ribbon Alliance
Citizen leaders were the talk of the town last week in New York City. From Ted Turner, CNN’s founder, to Flavia Bustreo, Deputy Director General of the WHO and Kathy Calvin, President of UN Foundation – thanks to all who did step aside to hear more from the impressive citizen leaders who took the stage. We all know that if we are to reach the global health goals by the target date of 2015, we need decision making to be in the hands of those who are most affected.
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Women Deliver's UNGA recap

By Women Deliver
Last week, we gathered together at strategy sessions, coffee shops, UN Assembly halls, high-level receptions and meetings to amp up the volume regarding development and the future of development for girls and women. From exciting announcements to campaigns and calls to action, there is a growing momentum for ensuring that the health, rights and well-being of girls and women are prioritized within the post-2015 framework and beyond.
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The #MDG456Live team interviewed leaders, youth, citizens and advocates on key maternal, newborn and child health issues. Visit the interview archives to watch them all.
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The Girls' Globe team voice their top priorities for the post-2015 agenda

By Girls' Globe Reporters // After the UN General Assembly Week in New York City, the Girls' Globe team got together to discuss top priorities that need to be included by global leaders in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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#MDG456Live: Wrap up

By Girls' Globe // It was an exciting week in New York as the Girls' Globe team highlighted youth voices, called on leaders to be accountable for commitments made and elevated the conversation for women and children's health.
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Global Citizens' top priorities for the post-2015 agenda

By Girls' Globe // At the Global Citizen Festival, and as a part of the #ShowYourSelfie For Youth campaign, Girls' Globe spoke with the crowd about what they think global leaders cannot ignore when setting the new sustainable development agenda. Here's what they said...
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If you treasure it, measure it: #Commit2Deliver for women & girls

By Felogene Anumo // Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of death for girls aged 15-19 in developing countries. Maternal and child mortality remains a big problem for many countries in Africa with young women even more vulnerable. However, almost all maternal deaths can be prevented, as evidenced by the huge disparities found between the richest and poorest countries.
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We want commitment and action: #ShowYourSelfie for youth!

By Julia Wiklander // A day before the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, the Action Summit took place, giving global citizens the possibility to engage in conversations around some of the most important development priorities: sanitation, education, global health and women and girls.
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India's Newborn Action Plan

By Elisabeth Epstein // Globally, 2.9 million newborns die within the first month of life. India, with a population totalling 17.5 percent of the global population, accounts for a startling 27 percent of the global newborn mortality rate with over 780,000 newborn deaths every year, the highest newborn mortality rate in the world. On September 17th, India launched its national Newborn Action Plan (INAP) to stop and reverse this disturbing trend.
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Ambassador Cathy Russell talks to Girls' Globe

Cathy Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues answers the questions, 1) How is the US government working to empower women and girls around the world? and 2) How can global leaders best empower women and girls?
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Global Citizens tell world leaders what to prioritize!

Girls' Globe interviewed the audience at the Global Citizen Festival to hear their views on what Global Leaders should prioritize in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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What are #YouthVoices saying at UNGA? Nothing about us without us!

By Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver // Why is this phrase still so revolutionary? It was coined from within disability rights activism in the 1990s, and has since been used by AIDS activists, the women’s movement, and the youth movement, particularly as the post-2015 development framework takes shape. But haven’t we learned that when we develop policies, programs, and funding mechanisms, we must consult the very people they will affect?
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Impact + the power of mobile

By Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action // Every year as the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York, it’s an opportunity for those working alongside the UN to address the world’s most pressing challenges to come together and find ways to both assess our work and move it forward. This year, through all the partner meetings, workshops and other events, one thing is clear: the power of mobile technology and public/private partnerships to advance our collective goals are being recognized and leveraged.
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Improved data on community health workers critical to achieving global health goals

By The Frontline Health Workers Coalition //  A new report finds that developing nations’ ability to deal with pressing health challenges like HIV/AIDS and ensuring maternal and newborn survival will be strengthened by creating a common definition for community health workers, as well as a core set of skills and competencies that would help ensure they are optimally trained, supported and deployed to provide care and treatment when and where it is needed most.
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At Global Citizen Festival, Ban tells crowd ‘a better world is around the corner’

By UN News Centre // Surrounded by a roaring crowd of an estimated 60,000 people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was joined Saturday night by a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers as he helped kick-off the third annual Global Citizen Festival – a celebration of global unity and a reaffirmation of the will to address the planet's most pressing issues.
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#MDG456Live – Reaching the world’s big goals for moms and children everywhere

By Global Moms Challenge // Her Excellency, Toyin Saraki, former first lady of Kwara State in Nigeria and founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, shared her journey to advocacy for mothers at a recent discussion on the topic of ‘Partnering Beyond the Health Sector: What is needed to ensure maternal-newborn survival?’
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As development goals near deadline, Ban urges global leaders to ‘finish the job’

By UN News Centre // Great gains have been made in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, known worldwide as the “MDGs,” but with the deadline fast approaching more must be done to fully meet the targets set for 2015 and beyond, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
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