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15 of Our Tweets from Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Plenary Session #WD2013

Expectant mothers in South Delhi at a Save the Children’s Mothers Group. May 24, 2013 Photos: Jennifer James

Key Tweets from Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Session #WD2013

(Above) Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO , Global Fund for Women

Key Tweets from Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Session

On the first day of the Women Deliver 2013 conference, here are key tweets we read during the plenary session: Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Equals Investing in Economic and Social Progress for Everyone

  1. UN Women’s Puri: political empowerment leads to better health outcomes. Rwanda has 56 pct female parliamentarians. Has met MDGs. #WD2013
  2. Countries with higher female participation and education have better health outcomes #WD2013 @WomenDeliver
  3. “@UNFPA: “Gender equality and reproductive health are inextricably linked.” Jeni Klugman, @WorldBank #WDLive #WD2013“<<is true!
  4. Actual progress has been way to slow! says Jeni Klugman on gender equality and women’s health worldwide. #WD2013 #WDLive
  5. Change comes when scale and consistency are applied. Musimbi Kanyoro, President Global Fund for Women. #wd2013
  6. “Globally more than 1 in 3 girls are married before their 18th birthday” Jeni Klugman, @WorldBank #WD2013
  7. Every where we can find coca cola, why not family planning 🙂 @WomenDeliver #WD2013
  8. “Change comes when excellent programs are taken to scale to truly benefit communities.” @MKanyoro @GlobalFundWomen #WDLive #WD2013
  9. To ensure health and rights of #womenandgirls — ensure “all systems go”! -Lakshmi Puri @UNWomen #WDlive #WD2013 #gender
  10. Kanyoro: the first step us to affirm the human rights of women and girls as the other half of humanity #WD2013
  11. “We must provide the highest standards of health including sexual & #reprohealth for women & girls.” Lakshmi Puri @UNWomen #WDLive #WD2013

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A Look at Pathfinder’s ‘Women Who Dare’ Series

Pathfinder International, a leader in women’s sexual and reproductive health, launched a new series called, “Women Who Dare” on International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8. The series of interviews and stories feature daring women around the world who are doing groundbreaking work on behalf of women and girls.

Women Who Dare includes Q&As with world leaders like Nafis Sadik (first woman to head a UN agency), Jill Sheffield (Founder and CEO of Women Deliver) as well as community leaders in the field. Melinda Gates is honored for her global family planning work. The series also includes three must-read books for daring women that features new books by Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Mary Robinson (first female President of Ireland and former UN Ambassador for Human Rights).

Today’s featured Women Who Dares is Christy Turlington-Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, a maternal health advocacy organization.

You can read more stories at www.pathfinder.org/WomenDare.

Day of the Girl Posts From the Global Team of 200

As you probably already know yesterday was the first-ever International Day of the Girl.

  • (Global Team of 200) Members of the Global Team of 200 wrote poignant posts about Day of the Girl and what it means to them. Read the posts here: DayoftheGirl

More posts about International Day of the Girl:

Female Genital Mutilation Banned Under New Somalian Constitution

Somalia has a new government and with it a new provision in its constitution in Title 2: Article 15: Liberty and Security of the Person that bans female genital mutilation (FGM). The new law states:

Circumcision of girls is a cruel and degrading customary practice, and is tantamount to torture. The circumcision of girls is prohibited.

According to several reports between 90% to 95% of all girls undergo female genital mutilation in Somalia. FGM is a procedure where the outside of girls’ genitals (clitoris) is removed in order to take away sexual feeling from the vagina. It is a cultural practice to keep girls pure for marriage, but causes undue health problems throughout one’s life including urinary tract and bladder infections, infertility, cysts, and a need for later surgeries according to the World Health Organization.

While this new law in the Somalian constitution is a move in the right direction it will be another fight entirely to enforce it.

UN Photo/Stuart Price