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Women Deliver Series: Examining Maternal and Reproductive Health and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

May 5, 2010

Over here at GAB, we’re excited about an upcoming conference called Women Deliver, which several of us will be attending and covering, from the feminist beat.  It’s a big international women’s health and rights meeting planned for June 7-9 in Washington, DC, and that’s just a few weeks before the world’s G8/G20 Summits in Canada, where maternal health has also been marked a priority.

This is turning out to be a big year for issues of global women’s health and rights, at least within the global policy context.  Over the past year, there has been more and more attention to the issues of global maternal and reproductive health within the context of foreign policy. The UN has also made these issues a priority.

Her Madame Awesomeness Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that

Photo: Lynsey Addario

1) reproductive rights are human rights and 2) investing in women’s health and rights is a smart security and economic strategy, and the bedrock of her foreign policy.

The health and empowerment of a country’s women is a pretty accurate litmus test for the health and stability of that country overall.

Women produce the majority of food, transport the majority of goods, and provide the majority of labor in the developing world.  Without their freedom, rights, and health, communities — and economies — fall apart.

In honor of all the razamatazz going on, GAB will be posting a series of related posts – on everything from contraceptives, maternal mortality, gender equity, and the importance of girls’ education – over the next month through the conference.  We will also be liveblogging from the conference, reporting on what speakers like  Nick Kristof, Michele Bachelet, Nafis Sadik, Melinda Gates, Fred Sai, Dr. Ruth and  others have to say…and then listening to what YOU have to say.

Here are the posts that ran leading up to the Women Deliver conference:

  1. Tiffany permalink
    May 5, 2010 2:30 pm

    Wishing I could be there! I will only be in DC that Monday, and they are only selling day passes to Tuesday. Wish my job was more flexible.

  2. Jessica Mack permalink*
    May 5, 2010 5:15 pm

    Tiffany, are you a blogger by any chance? E-mail me at for more info.


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