Prioritizing, Investing In Girls, Women Can Help Propel Development Agenda Forward

Devex: What happens when you invest in girls and women? It’s simple: We all win
Katja Iversen, chief executive officer of Women Deliver

“…[I]nvesting in girls and women, particularly their sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, and economic empowerment, is among the smartest ways to advance progress for all. … As decision-makers finalize the painstaking negotiations this week [at the Third International Financing for Development conference], here are three investments they should fight for to propel development for the next 15 years and beyond: Earmark official development assistance for girls and women … Require domestic budgets to include and properly fund line items for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and well-being … [And form] partnerships that include girls and women, for girls and women. … We have our work cut out for us, but if we rally behind these core principles and commit to prioritizing girls and women, we can — and will — achieve transformative change” (7/16).

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