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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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Top 10 Social Enterprises Improving the Lives of Women, Girls

The more women and girls can receive a helping hand the better for the entire world’s future. It has been said time and time again that women and girls are the future of so many developing countries and yet they typically linger on the bottom rung of society.

Each year Women Deliver celebrates International Women’s Day by highlighting social enterprises that improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. Out of 25 very deserving organizations 10 made the final cut after public votes were cast. Winners were  announced last Friday.

The winners represent a global mix of organizations that range from helping young girls code to empowering the next generation of women leaders. Each winner will receive a full scholarship to attend Women Deliver’s conference in May that will be held in Malaysia.

Great read: The Impact: What Social Enterprises Can Do for Girls Everywhere

The full list of social enterprise challenge contestants (in alphabetical order) are below.

Black Girls Code

Location: USA and Africa

Website: BlackGirlsCode.com

Educate2Envision International

Location: Honduras

Website: educate2envision.org

G3 Box

Location: Kenya

Website: g3box.org

Global Health Media Project

Location: Global

Website: http://globalhealthmedia.org

New Incentives

Location: Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia

Website: newincentives.org

Teen Revolt

Location: United States

Website: teenrevolt.org

Torath Production

Location: Qatar and Middle East North Africa region

Website: torathproduction.com

VOICE 4 Girls

Location: India

Website: voice4girls.org


Location: Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Thailand

Website: wedufund.org

Woman to Woman Foundation

Location: Uganda

Website: facebook.com/womantowomanfoundation

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price

Four Sites That Allow You to Crowdfund Healthcare

You might not realize the power of collective action for the common good, but we see it all around us every day. In this new era of social media for social good and the democratizing of the web people in need everywhere are getting needed services from ordinary people all over the world. Crowdfunding platforms are making it much easier for concerned and passionate do-gooders to reach into their pocket and fund ideas, loans, programs for women and girls, and, yes, even health care. Four crowdfunding sites have recently been created that specifically provide crowdfunded health care for women, girls, and children.

Each of these sites are completely transparent about where the money goes and 100% of all donated dollars fund surgeries and programs and not to overhead, although each site provides options to fund overhead should you desire. All of the following sites allow donations as low as $5 with the exception of Kangu where the lowest donation option is $10.

www.catapult.org | Launched in 2012, Catapult is the leader in crowdfunding programs for women and girls. A project of Women Deliver and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, users of the site can join teams and provide much-needed micro-funding to programs ranging from advocacy to technology. You can also fund health projects like providing surgeries for fistula repair or funding maternal health in Cambodia as examples.
 watsi www.watsi.org | For as low as $5 you can donate money to operations that will greatly increase people’s standard of living. For example, you can fund a pregnant woman who needs prenatal care, a hospital delivery and post birth check-up. Or, you can fund an operation for a child with serious burns. In honor of Women’s Day Watsi launched a maternal health program to provide safe births to women around the world.

www.kangu.org | Launched last week Kangu is a crowdfunding site that allows people to specifically and uniquely fund pregnant women and newborn babies. With profiles of women from India, Uganda, and Birundi, you can ensure that profiled women are guaranteed a safe birth. Founded by Casey Santiago, an early staff member of Kiva and advisor to global health organizations Kangu is poised to become a leader in providing safe births to women throughout the developing world.
samahope www.samahope.org | Founded by Leila Janah, also the founder of the award-winning nonprofit Samasource, Samahope provides crowdsourced funds to pay for life-changing surgeries like fistula operations, cleft palette repair and burn injuries. Launched last year several operations have already been funded and several more are in the pipeline waiting for much-needed donations,

On the surface these four crowdfunding sites don’t seem that different, but they vary greatly in the depth of programs offered, partnerships, as well as the different countries they work in. The one major differentiating factor among them is Catapult allows you to form and join teams in order to make a larger impact on its programs. Kangu, Watsi, and Samahope, however, allow you to connect virtually with individuals in need. Donations to Catapult, Samahope, and Watsi are currently tax deductible. Kangu has filed for nonprofit status from the IRS. All donations will be retroactively tax deductible.

UN Photo/Mark Garten

A Promising Trend for Data,Transparency

The more information and transparency we have the more we will see marked improvements towards the world’s most pressing issues. Last week we saw two new developments in transparency that are worth noting.

Catapult: Catapult is a new crowdfunding platform by Women Deliver that is specifically targeted to programs for women and girls. What is compelling about Catapult is every dollar donated goes directly to programs, not to organizational overhead. That is why I believe Catapult and the programs that run their programs on the site will do quite well.

What’s more, after a program has been funded, the organizations are required to provide a 90 day and one-year look through photos and video about how the funds were used directly for women and girls.

Women Deliver says it will raise $45 million for women’s and girls’ programs. That should not be a problem with such a smart outlook at the outset.

Glass Pockets: Launched in 2010 Glass Pockets is a web site and database created by the Foundation Center that effectively allows everyone – media, researchers, developers, the public – to see the grants foundations have made to nonprofits and global NGOs.

What Glass Pockets has done is opened up grant data for the world to see. The reasons are many: transparency in giving, transparency in communications, transparency in the types of programs funded.

Last week, Glass Pockets released the Reporting Commitment, a robust database of the grants made by the world’s largest foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and others. The foundations have agreed to release this data quarterly in an effort to keep data current and transparency effective.

Based on the data you can see overall grants made by geographic location. You can also see a full daily grants list by foundation.

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