Saving the Lives of 16 Million March 2014

In Focus: Women and Adolescent Girls

 

 

International Women’s Day: “Equality for Women is Progress for All”

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Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Celebrated annually on 8 March, this year International Women’s Day was commemorated at UN Headquarters on the eve of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women. Participants included Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; and Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board, among other dignitaries. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized that “when women and girls thrive, entire societies thrive. Just as women’s rights are human rights, women’s progress is human progress.”

At the commemoration UN Women launched #HEforShe, a new campaign encouraging men globally to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls.

For additional resources on International Women’s Day click here.

58th Commission on the Status of Women  

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and NGOs from all regions of the world attended the session. The priority theme for the 58th session was the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. In her opening remarks, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuk, UN Women Executive Director, stated “this theme is about taking stock and getting ready to move forward, so that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow is better than today.” To join the conversation on Twitter follow #CSW58 and #CSW.

To view the draft agreed conclusions click here.

To read the Secretary-Generals opening remarks at CSW click here.

CSW 58 Side Events In Support of Every Woman Every Child

“Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins,” co-hosted by Women Deliver, The Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN, Plan International, the Nike Foundation, and the UN Foundation, took place on 10 March. The high-level event focused on the need for greater global investment in reproductive health, education, and equality for girls and women. The event also featured the release of a new advocacy toolkit from Women Deliver, “Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins,” that pulls together infographics, data points, and key messages to make the case for investing in girls and women.

Linking HIV, Gender Equality, and Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights, as part of the post-2015 Social Justice Agenda was chaired jointly by the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe and the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. It encouraged a dialogue around the critical need for women-centered efforts to end the AIDS epidemic; the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women; gender equality and women’s empowerment; and zero tolerance for gender-based violence.

To learn more about the side events held in support of Every Woman Every Child click here.

 

 

 
 

In this Issue

International Women’s Day: “Equality for Women is Progress for All”

58th Commission on the Status of Women

CSW 58 Side Events In Support of Every Woman Every Child

Updates from March

News and Opinion

Partner Spotlight: Caring & Living as

Calendar of Upcoming Events

March 25
Seventh AU-ECA Joint Annual Meeting

April 4
World Urban Forum: Urban Equity in Development

April 4
High-Level Interactive Debate on the ICPD Beyond 2014 and Human Progress and Sustainability

Publications

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

Unite with Women-Unite Against Violence and HIV

Invest in Girls and Women: Everybody Wins Advocacy Toolkit

Vision 2020

Population and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

 

Quote of the Month

To every girl born today, and to every woman and girl on the planet, our message is that human rights are not a dream. They are a duty for which we must all work until they are universally realized."  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the Annual Commemoration of the International Women’s Day




 

 

 
 

Updates from March

NCD Child Conference: Doing What Needs to Be Done  Nearly 40 Every Woman Every Child partners have focused their commitments on NCDs, pledging to make crucial interventions in the areas of disease prevention, treatment and care, policy development, and health system strengthening.

The NCD Child International Conference will take place on 20-21 March. The event is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health and is held in support of Every Woman Every Child.  At the conference Arogya World, NCD Alliance and CLAN will announce commitments to Every Woman Every Child.

To learn more click here.

Sanitation and World Water Day  World Water Day, 21 March, brings attention to the water-energy nexus addressing inequalities, especially for the bottom billion who live without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and sufficient food and energy services. The UN commemoration of World Water Day will be organized by UNU and UNIDO on behalf of UN-Water on 20-21 March and will take place at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

To learn more click here.

Learn more about partners working on sanitation in support of Every Woman Every Child.

World Tuberculosis Day — Tuberculosis is a curable and treatable disease, yet it remains one of the top three causes of death for women aged 15 to 44. World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and control efforts. The day is also an occasion to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress.

To learn more about World Tuberculosis Day click here.

To learn about Every Woman Every Child commitments working to end Tuberculosis click here.

 

Partner Spotlight: Caring & Living as Neighbours


CLANLOGO.pngCaring & Living as Neighbours is an Australian-based NGO committed to a community development approach to helping children who are living with chronic health conditions in resource poor countries so they might enjoy the highest quality of life possible

News and Opinion

 

March 4
Speaking Up for A Baby Named Silence

 

March 6
Canada to Host Summit on Saving the Lives of Vulnerable Women and Children

 

March 10
Ban Calls for Progress as UN Commission on Women Opens

 

March 12

Uniting Against Violence

 

March 17

A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother to Another  

 

             

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.


Learn more at www.everywomaneverychild.org.

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