Women Deliver: Save the date!
Global Leaders to Promote Investment in Maternal Health at Historic Women Deliver Conference, Supporting International Women’s Day Principles
4 MARCH 2010 - This International Women’s Day, 8 March, will mark a new era—one where women’s health emerges as central to the agendas of major governments, donors, and policymakers.
"International Women’s Day is unparalleled in its commemoration of the tremendous and invaluable contributions women worldwide make to society each day,” said Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, which will bring together more than 3,000 policy makers, activists, business leaders, and public figures from around the world on the eve of the G8 Summit in June. “The Women Deliver conference will seek to reinforce the idea that investment in women makes economic sense, mobilizing action on this issue and bringing it directly to policymakers.”
Global leaders, from Hillary Clinton and Ban Ki-moon to Sarah Brown and Melinda Gates, are expected in Washington, DC on June 7-9 at the Women Deliver conference to promote women’s health—which is becoming the dominant public health priority of 2010. Women Deliver Conference highlights will include:
- Focus on Maternal Health: World leaders will speak on recent progress in women’s health and the steps still needed to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5, which aims to reduce maternal mortality by three quarters by 2015.
- The Pill at 50: Reproductive Health Technologies and Social Transformation: Public health experts will review the various technologies available to promote women’s health—with special focus on the Pill, which turns 50 on May 9, 2010.
- A Look at Women’s Contributions to Society: Women from a wide range of industries and countries will reinforce the reasons why investment in women makes economic sense.
In 2007, nearly 2,000 women’s health stakeholders gathered in London for the inaugural Women Deliver Conference. There, they reframed women’s heath as a basic human right, integral to promoting development, reducing poverty, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Its successor, Women Deliver 2010, will focus on delivering solutions to these issues, calling for governments worldwide to invest an additional US$10-12 billion in women’s health and family planning services, to help protect the 550,000 women who still die in childbirth each year.
WHAT: Women Deliver 2010
WHEN: Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 9, 2010
WHERE: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA