Saving the Lives of 16 Million MARCH 2013

Ending Violence against Women and Girls at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women; Access to Basic Sanitation and World Water Day


Ending Violence against Women and Girls at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women; Access to Basic Sanitation and World Water Day

Ending Violence against Women and Girls at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, March 4-15 

This year’s priority theme is ending violence against women and girls with an additional focus on HIV/AIDS. Partners reinforced this theme with a panel discussion held in support of Every Woman Every Child to discuss child marriage, a widespread harmful practice and violation of human rights that affects an enormous numbers of girls – around 1 in 3 globally. During the March 7 panel discussion “Too Young to Wed”, global leaders, including a former child bride turned community advocate, discussed a broad range of concrete, practical, and innovative solutions that could eliminate the practice while increasing global security, access to education, and maternal and child health. The 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) extends through March 15. View the full "Too Young to Wed" event summary including quotes from the participants, a digital media report, photos from the event, and more.


From left, Tim Costello, Lakshmi Sundaram, Babatunde Osotimehin, Nyaradzayi Gumbonvanda, Margaret Mensah-Williams, and Michelle Bachelet participate in the "Too Young to Wed" panel discussion at Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 7, 2013. INSIDER IMAGES/Gary He/United Nations Foundation.

Sanitation and World Water Day

To fulfill our Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments, we must cut in half the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Open defecation must especially be addressed, as the riskiest of all sanitation practices and one that perpetuates the vicious cycle of disease and poverty. While the MDGs have helped to raise the profile of sanitation and accelerate action, with1.8 billion people having gained access to improved sanitation since 1990; the sad reality is that 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open and 2.5 billion people do not have adequate sanitation facilities.

A number of events will take place this month centered around World Water Day on March 22 to raise awareness and galvanize action around sanitation and water. Learn more about the World Water Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and the Government of The Netherlands in The Hague that will address both water cooperation and the outcomes from the Thematic Consultation on Water in the post-2015 agenda. View details on a high-Level Interactive Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on Water Cooperation to be held on March 22, on the occasion of World Water Day (PDF). View “UN-water global analysis and assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS 2012)”, a report which assesses the status and progress of the management of water resources in UN Member States and reports on the outcomes and impacts of improved water resources management (PDF).  


In this Issue

Ending Violence against Women and Girls at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women; Access to Basic Sanitation and World Water Day

Updates from February

Partner Spotlight: Unilever

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


A monthly roundup of pertinent resources. Please submit your recent reports via email for consideration.

Straight to the Point: Setting Advocacy Priorities (Pathfinder International)

Interventions to improve mental health in pregnancy and among women who have recently given birth in low- and middle-income countries (PDF - Women's and Children's Health Knowledge HUB)

Superfood for Babies: Breastfeeding Report (Save the Children)

Draft report: Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda (PDF for public comment - Task Team of the Global Thematic Consultation on Health)

Malaria in Pregnancy: Intermittent Preventive Treatment (ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for GLobal Health)

Violence against Women and Mental Health (Book)

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Quote of the Month

"As parents, guardians, community and religious leaders, we must always bear in mind and remember the very idea that young women have the right to select their own partners, that choosing whom to marry and when to leave must be a personal reason based on love and individual will. It is for these reasons that people of conscience all over the world should join hands to carry out innovative approaches to stop the damaging menace of child brides”

The Hon. Catherine Gotani Hara MP, Minister of Health of Malawi, during remarks at Commission on the Status of Women "Too Young to Wed" panel discussion in support of Every Woman Every Child, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, March 7 2013.

Calendar of Events

March 4-15
UN Commission on Status of Women

March 21-26
6th Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Cote d'Ivoire

March 22
Int'l NGO Conference on Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

March 22
World Water Day

March 22-27
128th Inter-Parliamentary Union Spring Assembly

March 25-27
4th East African Community Health & Scientific Conference, Rwanda

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Updates from February

Every Woman Every Child partners take action on International Women's Day 2013 — On March 8, Every Woman Every Child partners joined many actors from around the world to celebrate International Women's Day. Watch UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speak at an International Women's Day commemoration. Listen to the newly launched UN Women theme song “One Woman”, plus view an accompanying music video; interviews with the artists; (s)hero stories; facts & figures; and more. Read a statement on International Women's Day from the iERG. View more partner activity and join the conversation on Twitter using #IWD2013.

One million community health workers campaign kicks off — Across sub-Saharan Africa, community health workers using mobile phones and broadband access to sophisticated medical resources are delivering health care to where it is most needed, among the rural poor. The One Million Community Health Worker Campaign kicked off last month at the World Economic Forum by Rwandan President Kagame, Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez and Professor Jeffrey Sachs and aims to greatly expand that effort by training, equipping and deploying one million health care workers by the end of 2015, reaching millions of underserved people. Learn more. 

Child Survival Call to Action boosts development for every child in India — The India Call to Action Summit for child survival and development, organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in partnership with the UNICEF and USAID, gathered more than 360 national and international experts to share India’s successes; impart important international lessons learned; and reach a set of agreed actions to reduce maternal and child. View the Strategic Roadmap released during the Summit by the Ministry of Health. Learn more about the Summit and view copies of remarks delivered, press coverage, and more. Learn more about A Promise Renewed.

High-level commitment to save the lives of mothers and children in the EMRO Region — Delegates at a United Nations-convened high-level meeting January 29-30 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region have agreed to urgently accelerate progress on improving maternal and child health between now and the end of 2015 and to reduce the gap between current funding levels and those required to meet MDGs 4 and 5. The meeting was widely considered to be a success, with more than 20 of 23 countries in the region represented, and ten represented by their Ministers of Health. This is the first time countries in this region have collectively met to discuss MDGs 4 and 5. The commitments are laid out in the Dubai Declaration, "Saving lives, Rising to the Challenge”. Read the press release. Read the full speech by HRH Princess Haya Bin Al Hussein. 

High-Level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda concludes with broad agreement — The consultation, which was co-convened by the Governments of Botswana and Sweden with WHO and UNICEF, brought together 50 high level participants including Ministers of Health, members of the high-level Panel of Eminent Persons, leaders of international health institutions, representatives of civil society and the private sector, academia, public health experts and youth. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the place of health in the post-2015 development agenda. Learn more.

High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Agenda meets with civil society in Liberia — The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda met in Monrovia, Liberia last month to consult with civil society and discuss the national building blocks required for sustainable progress. Learn more on the Women Deliver website.

Submit evidence and case studies to the iERG — The independent Expert Review Group (iERG) is inviting all stakeholders to submit evidence for the second iERG report that will be presented to the UN Secretary-General in September, 2013. Accepted submissions will be included in the 2013 iERG report, with partner attribution. The deadline is May 15, 2013. Learn more and submit.

Partner Spotlight: Unilever

UnileverPoor sanitation in developing countries is one of the biggest causes of death from preventable illnesses such as diarrhoea, but with proper access to clean toilet facilities, cases of diarrhoea are reduced by almost a third. In recognition of these realities, and in support of Every Woman Every Child, Unilever has launched a toilet academy with the World Toilet Organization in Viet Nam to provide business skills and training for local entrepreneurs to source and supply latrines to their local communities – boosting local economies and access to basic sanitation. Learn more. View Unilever's full commitment in support of Every Woman Every Child.

News and Opinion


February 1

Catapult announces fully funded projects

February 3

Consultation on Options for Action: Strengthening Financing for RMNCH


February 11

Mother and Child Health and Education Trust: HealthPhone brings knowledge to villages


February 20

Paediatric Economic Database Evaluation (PEDE) Website Launched
GAPPS produces stillbirth video and FB campaign: Born in Silence
IRH: Meeting the needs of adolescents with the CycleSmart Kit
African civil society calls for unified resource mobilization for health


February 21

Women Deliver Top 25 social enterprises for women and children


February 27

MamaYe campaign is launched in several African countries to improve survival

PATH looks for collaborative partners to support the release of WHO/UNICEF Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD)


March 8

Long-time global advocate for family planning and reproductive health, Valerie DeFillipo, to lead Family Planning 2020 Partnership


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