Saving the Lives of 16 Million July 2013

Every Woman Every Child+Social Good, World Population Day and Malala Day


Every Woman Every Child+Social Good, World Population Day and Malala Day

Every Woman Every Child + Social Good

Last week, a dynamic and interactive event was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York which brought together over 100 Ambassadors, policy makers, thought leaders, and global citizens united in one goal: to harmonize efforts around global women's and children's health, including through the power of innovation and new media. The event was hosted by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the UN Foundation and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in support of Every Woman Every Child, and proved to be a rousing success, with lively discussion, interviews, panels and presentations centered on accelerating action around global health. With #EWECProgress and #SocialGood trending nationally on Twitter, stakeholders emerged from the event more committed than ever to working together and honing the power of technology, data, coordination and partnership in new and interesting ways. View a Storify summary of the event. Watch the opening panel on UNTV “Harmonizing the Global Narrative for Advocacy: Coalition Building" with moderator Ann Starrs and panelists Anthea Webb, Vibeke Jensen, Herve Verhoosel, and Leith Greenslade and keynote remarks by Ambassador Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, and Dr. Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. Watch the second panel "Translating Country Action" with moderator Carmen Barroso and panelists Rachel Wilson, Marta Seoane Aguiló, Kate Rogers, and Jagdish Upadhyay. 

EWEC+SG"Harmonizing the Global Narrative for Advocacy: Coalition Building" panel at Every Woman Every Child+Social Good with moderator Ann Starrs and panelists Anthea Webb, Vibeke Jensen, Herve Verhoosel, and Leith Greenslade. Via Charlotte Scaddan.

World Population Day and Anniversary of the London Summit on Family Planning  

About 16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year. Another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions. On July 11th, World Population Day, the global community came together to raise awareness about adolescent pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. Learn more at the website of UNFPA. The day also marked the anniversary of last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. A year after the historic Summit, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) points to key successes in the collective goal of giving 120 million more women and girls access to lifesaving contraceptives by 2020. A snapshot of accomplishments includes:

>>Countries are commanding ownership of family planning programs;
>>Innovative partnerships are increasing access to a variety of contraceptive methods;
>>The global governance framework for family planning is established; and
>>In the coming weeks, three of the established FP2020 Working Groups will meet for the first time to finalize work plans and formalize outreach strategies.

An annual report of collective, community progress to advance these goals will be launched in November, at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Ethiopia. Learn more at

Malala Day

On July 12th, the day of her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist, from the United Nations General Assembly urged young people and global leaders around the world to champion education as the weapon against illiteracy, poverty and extremism.

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” Ms. Yousafzai said, in her impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed July 12th 'Malala Day' in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for all. The meeting, which featured nearly 1,000 youth leaders, was addressed by former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Vuk Jeremić, President of the United Nations’ General Assembly, and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Special Envoy on Youth. Learn more about Malala Day and the UN Global Education First Initiative.


In this Issue

Every Woman Every Child+Social Good, World Population Day and Malala Day

Updates from June

Partner Spotlight: Bangladesh

News and Opinion



Calendar of Events


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

Global Report on Violence against Women (WHO)

Strategy Briefs (PMNCH)

Reaching Every and Woman Every Child Through Partnership (PMNCH)

Read More Publications and Resources »

Quote of the Month

"Adolescents and youth must be provided with age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health throughout their lives. However, education and information are not enough. Good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available in order for adolescents to make informed choices and be healthy.”

Babatunde Osotimehim, Executive Director, UNFPA, in remarks delivered on World population Day July 11, 2013.

Calendar of Events

July 31
Multi-country seminar on parliaments and accountability for women’s and children’s health

August 1-3
International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, Johannesburg

August 1-7
World Breastfeeding Week

August 5
PMNCH Civil Society Update

View full calendar »


Updates from June

Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Meets — African leaders attending the African Union’s “Abuja+12” summit came together to recognize progress in eradicating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and to recommit to action. At this meeting, which included discussions on integrating efforts to tackle these diseases with reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, heads of state and government committed to step up mobilization of domestic resources to strengthen health systems. Learn more

West and Central African experts meet for first Every Newborn regional consultation — The first-ever regional consultation toward the development of Every Newborn: An action plan to end preventable deaths provided an opportunity to review progress in reducing newborn mortality, assess bottlenecks preventing the scale-up of proven interventions to prevent newborn deaths, identify solutions, and discuss next steps. Learn more

Countdown ramps up in-country capacity-building — Countdown to 2015 is ramping up efforts to build capacity and skills in countries shouldering a high burden of maternal and child deaths—one of the movement’s key objectives. In June 2013, researchers from eight Countdown countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Peru — and several academic institutions, gathered at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil for a week of skills-building sessions. Learn more

Progress on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) — WASH Advocates have made significant progress on the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and gender nexus, most specifically around maternal, newborn and child health. View “WASH and Women’s Health” , a blog series coordinated by WASH Advocates for the Maternal Health Task Force blog, to learn more about this work.

WASH and women's health
Image via Maternal Health Task Force "WASH and Women's Health" series. 


Partner Spotlight: Bangladesh

in-lgflag.gifIn 2010 Bangladesh committed to doubling the percentage of births attended by a skilled health worker and to reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancies by 2015. In 2012, Bangladesh expanded its commitment to increase access and use for poor people in urban and rural areas, improving choice and availability of Long Acting and Permanent Methods (LaPMs), including for men, and post-partum and post-abortion services, and to work with the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) t address the needs of young people; reduce regional disparitie; and increase male involvement. Learn more.

News and Opinion

July 1
First Lady Obama urges local girls to focus on education
China Tops BRIC Countries in Women's Entrepreneurship Potential

July 2
W.H.O. Issues Guidelines for Earlier H.I.V. Treatment

July 3
Group Works To Spread Awareness Of Hepatitis B In Asian Communities

July 11

World Bank Group, UNFPA Simplify Procurement of Reproductive Health Supplies

July 12
Empowering Girls to Choose Their Future

July 19
United Nations Honors Mandela

July 22
Social Good Summit Meetups Planned in 20+ Countries

July 23
Report Finds Gradual Fall in Female Genital Cutting in Africa

July 29
Clean cookstoves save lives, promote health


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Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.  It is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world.

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