Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization that works to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal 5—reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health.
Profile and history
Women Deliver was founded by Jill Sheffield in 2007 and officially launched the same year at its groundbreaking Women Deliver conference, which convened nearly 2,000 clinicians, advocates, policymakers, and businesspeople involved in maternal and reproductive health. Since then, the nongovernmental organization has built on commitments, partnerships, and networks mobilized at the conference to keep the preventable tragedy of maternal health on the global policy agenda and to find solutions across sectors to make safe motherhood a reality for all women. At its heart, Women Deliver's message is that maternal health is both a human right and practical necessity for sustainable development. This is echoed by the group’s name and slogan: “Invest in women, it pays.”
On June 7 to June 9, 2010, Women Deliver hosted a second global conference in Washington, D.C., that drew nearly 3,500 attendees from 146 countries. The conference allowed organizations and stakeholders the opportunity to share best-practices and lessons learned and to reinvigorate the fight for better health for girls and women. Health and finance ministers from 30 countries met during the conference with development cooperative ministers and U.N. agency heads to map out a strategy to achieve MDG 5 and 4, 6, 2, and 3. Parliamentarians from 50 countries convened at the conference and met with congressional delegations to discuss how to advance reproductive and maternal health. The conference put world leaders on notice that now is the time to act to achieve MDG 5 and influence progress on all MDGs.
Women Deliver's approach
Women Deliver fights for greater investment, increased political will, and overall improved health for girls and women. It raises awareness by highlighting research and field projects, training youth advocates, engaging policymakers and the private sector on maternal health issues, and creating spaces for collaboration and idea generation.
Global Solution Awards
On May 30, 2013 Women Deliver hosted the first Global Solution Award to identify and recognize business models that can provide sustainable improvement to the live of girls and women worldwide. The expert judges included Daniel Rostrup, Outreach Manager for TrustLaw Connect; Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile; Amanda Chen, Associate Director of Commitments & Head of Global Health at the Clinton Global Initiative; Jackline (Jackie) Fesi Mupenzi, Advocacy and Policy Manager at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE); and Sweta Mangal, CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited. Rachel Zedeck, Founder of Backpack Farm, facilitated the sessions.
The winner of the first edition are New Incentives, Black Girls Code and Wedu.
- Focus on 5: Women's Health and the MDGs (translations available)
- Why It's the Right Time: Moving on Reproductive Health Goals by Focusing on Adolescent Girls
- Targeting poverty and gender inequality to improve maternal health