Women Deliver 2013 Key Takeaways: Women Issues are Human Issues
During my last few weeks in Singapore, I was thinking as to what else could I do to make my stay even more meaningful. Then I got an email from Anastasia Dellaccio, the Outreach and Communications for the United Nations Foundation about the Women Deliver + Social Good launch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Women empowerment and discussions of women issues are two most important topics which truly matter to me. Without thinking twice, I immediately booked my trip from Singapore to Malaysia.
Every time I go to Malaysia, I would always stay with my friend, Mary Jane and her family. They’re like my second family and their place is just stone through away from the Petronas Tower and the place where the conference was held was just a few minutes walk so I thought it’s definitely perfect time for us to bond before and after the conference.
We attended the Plus Social Good launch and learned so much from the many inspiring and brave women from all over the globe and below are just some of the best articles written about the event and the issues:
Women Deliver: Investing in Reproductive Health by Jeni Klugman, Worldbank:
“Women’s lack of agency, alongside weak accountability, are key factors driving poor reproductive health outcomes.”
Are Health Workers Delivering for Women? And Are We Delivering for Health Workers? by Rebecca Kohler
Why Policymakers Must Invest in Girls
“We invest in girls because women and girls are half of the population of the world. So if you want the society to grow, you have to empower [them],” Barbara Bush, co-founder of Global Health Corps”.
Women Deliver 2013: Lessons learned for Indonesia by Rita A. Widiadana
“Family planning should, and must always, top the priorities of the country’s development program. It provides women with reproductive rights — a basic human right, and creates a healthy, smart generation. In addition, family planning also serves as a way to halt Indonesia’s speedy population growth.”
What I saw and Learned in Southeast Asia and Why I Left Inspired by Chelsea Clinton
From reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to providing clean drinking water to rural communities, these programs are examples of how, when corporations, NGOs, governments, and people work together, incredible strides can be made to challenges that were once thought intractable. These achievements give me hope that other countries will be able to replicate these models and provide similar health care access to individuals – and that, in my lifetime, we’ll achieve an AIDS-free generation and eliminate mortality caused by unclean water.
View more photos of the Women Deliver here.
Image [Women Deliver Flickr]