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As Women Deliver Conference Begins In Denmark, UNFPA Warns Of Funding Shortfalls, Experts Speak About Key Actions To Improve Women’s, Girls’ Lives

The Guardian: Fears that maternal health funding cuts could put lives at risk
“The U.N. agency responsible for ending deaths in childbirth is facing a $140m (£98m) shortfall in its budget this year, putting the lives of tens of thousands of women at risk. … The impact of this year’s shortfall could result in the closure of 80 clinics staffed by midwives in Afghanistan, while in Mozambique, the cuts will slow down its family planning programs, which aim to reduce almost one billion unintended pregnancies by 2020. … The news comes as more than 5,000 government officials, business leaders, and campaigners convene in Denmark on Monday for the start of the four-day Women Deliver conference…” (Ford, 5/16).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How can the world improve the lives of women and girls by 2030?
“…Key participants attending the fourth global Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen were asked what they thought were the most important actions needed to improve the lives of women and girls by 2030…” (Goldsmith/Batha, 5/15).

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