Placing Women, Girls At Center Of Development Agenda Will Help Reduce Mortality, Improve Economies, Societies

Huffington Post: Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda
Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver

“…In September the United Nations will release the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will drive progress on social, economic and environmental development for the next 15 years. If these goals are to be achieved, girls and women must be at the center of the agenda. … Women Deliver believes that there are four elements that need to be included in both the SDGs and the updated Global Strategy: Include sexual and reproductive health and rights … Multi-sector collaboration is needed to implement the strategy successfully … Collaboration across issues, including non-health issues, is crucial … Involve young people…” (2/25).

Hindustan Times: When women thrive, the world thrives
CK Mishra, additional secretary in India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Amina Mohammed, U.N. secretary-general’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning

“…[This week, the Indian] government, in collaboration with Every Woman Every Child and support from the Partnership for Maternal Newborn & Child Health, will host over 100 global leaders to discuss the updating of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health and the transitioning of the Every Woman Every Child movement into the next development agenda. … Outcomes from this meeting will help to drive the global agenda to end all preventable maternal, child, and adolescent deaths…” (2/25).