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Women Deliver Conference Opens In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Women Deliver 2013 conference opened on Tuesday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, with “[o]rganizers call[ing] it the largest global meeting of the decade on the health and well-being of women and girls,” VOA News reports (De Capua, 5/27). “Civil society, government leaders, health care professionals, policymakers, two former U.S. presidents’ daughters, two princesses and at least one supermodel will meet … to share ideas and sharpen messages around the rights and empowerment of women and girls to influence the future development agenda,” The Guardian writes, adding that the three-day event “will cover a wide spectrum, from preventing early or forced marriage, and sex education for young people to family planning, abortion and universal health care.” The newspaper continues, “Events such as Women Deliver are important because global progress on reducing maternal deaths and improving access to health care and family planning is uneven, says [Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield]” (Ford, 5/27). A live stream of some sessions of the conference is available online (5/28).