By Susan Papp, Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy, Women Deliver
This week, a whistleblower reported that women detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in the United States underwent hysterectomies without their consent. Involuntary sterilization is a shameful part of a long, dehumanizing history of white supremacy and racist agendas around the world. And while the United Nations considers forced, coerced, or otherwise involuntary sterilization a violation of fundamental human rights, many governments continue to trample on reproductive rights through coerced sterilization, barriers to modern contraception, and limiting access to safe abortion.
Racist and discriminatory policies have long prevented marginalized populations — immigrants, refugees, migrants, Black, brown, Indigenous, and people of color, unmarried mothers, people living with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and religious minorities — from exercising their human rights to control when, how, or whether to have children. Conservative forces are becoming more brazen in their attempts to infringe on reproductive rights, and disturbingly, the COVID-19 pandemic is providing cover to undermine those rights. Bodily autonomy, choice, and consent, including access to contraception and safe abortion, are consistently under attack. …
Women Deliver’s top tips for ensuring your 2020 humanitarian trend reports help drive progress for girls and women in crisis settings
At the start of each year, humanitarian organizations and news outlets share their predictions and priorities for global humanitarian efforts. From droughts and unpredictable weather to millions of displaced communities on the move, the forecasts for 2020 will inevitably be important tools to help focus humanitarian efforts.
In the past, many of these reports omitted an important priority: the urgent needs of girls and women in humanitarian settings. We know that girls and women are profoundly affected by emergencies, particularly when it comes to gender-based violence, poor access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, and limited decision-making power — so these issues must be integrated in our analyses.
If annual trend reports exist to provide guidance on where to dedicate resources, it is crucial that the specific needs of girls and women are included. In doing so, we help fuel stronger programs, policies, and investments for girls and women and set the stage for more effective humanitarian action.
Let’s make feminist humanitarian trend reports the new norm. Here are Women Deliver’s top tips to ensure humanitarian trend reports have the gender lens they need to drive progress.
Foyzun and Sunee — humanitarian workers with the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar — share their solutions for advancing gender equality in humanitarian emergencies
On a sunny afternoon in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a group of women congregate in an outdoor gathering space. Children dart among them, and in the middle stands Foyzun Nahar, a program officer for the World Food Programme (WFP). Foyzun comes from a rural village in south-western Bangladesh, and she’s dedicated her career to empowering girls and women.
“Being raised in patriarchal society, where discriminatory social norms are deeply rooted…my inner dream was always pushing me to do something that contributes to upholding women’s position in the society,” says Foyzun. …
Across the world, young people are redefining what it means for them to be engaged with an issue. Today’s young leaders want full involvement in all matters that affect their lives. They want autonomy, decision-making power, and they know it’s time to act.
In the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), young people’s meaningful inclusion and participation is especially pertinent. Family planning initiatives have the potential to transform relationships, education systems, communities, economies, and nations. …
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is just around the corner!
We hope that you and your organization will join us in June at the largest conference in the world on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. Under the theme “Power. Progress. Change.” we will bring together more than 6,000 world leaders, government officials, leaders from the private sector, foundations, and civil society, celebrities, academics, advocates, activists, and journalists with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere — including an unprecedented amount of young people.
Here are ten reasons why advocates worldwide cannot miss this opportunity! …
Across the world, one in three women will experience gender-based violence (GBV) in her lifetime, and in humanitarian settings, the number only goes up.
In the face of devastating, unjust violence, individual survivors and communities often turn to local women-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) for both immediate support and long-term community-based solutions.
Local women-focused CSOs know the context, challenges, and entry points for gender-sensitive humanitarian interventions. They work on the ground, day in and day out, with years of expertise in community-specific issues. …
Powerful movements for women’s rights, youth rights, and gender equality are emerging worldwide on an unprecedented scale. While the need to elevate women’s agency is recognized across sectors, women continue to be vastly under-represented in decision-making in politics, businesses, and community leadership.
As world leaders gathered in New York during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver convened a group of distinguished panelists to discuss the barriers preventing women from entering leadership roles and to examine how we can better support the women and youth leaders of tomorrow.
One of our top takeaways was that harmful gender stereotypes continue to hold us back. Damaging gender norms stall progress and perpetuate misconceptions that hinder women’s ability to ascend in the political, business, and community spheres. …
Gestational diabetes — diabetes in pregnancy — affects 1 in 7 pregnant women. And the vast majority of women affected live in low-and middle-income countries.
Solutions exist to address this problem, and yet diabetes in pregnancy remains overlooked as a major health priority.
Together with the World Diabetes Foundation, Women Deliver launched a photo contest to show the real face of diabetes in pregnancy and call on decision makers to address this issue.
Photographers from around the world submitted photos from China, India, and Nigeria — some of the highest burden countries — that tell the story of someone who’s been impacted by diabetes during pregnancy. …
This month, Women Deliver and the International AIDS Society partnered at #AIDS2018 for Generation Now: Our Health, Our Rights. This partnership connects the dots between HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the unique needs of adolescents and young women.
From the Generation Now pre-conference in Amsterdam to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, Canada, this exciting partnership aims to unite advocates, young leaders, academics, funders, policy makers, front line healthcare workers, and others to advocate for youth friendly, integrated HIV and SRHR policies to shape systems and services that deliver for adolescents.
Women Deliver Young Leader, Jasmine Lovely George, founder of Hidden Pockets, a mapping platform for sexual and reproductive services for young people in India, contributes her expertise as a core group member of the Generation Now partnership. …
Girls and women make up nearly half of any forcibly displaced population — therefore, meeting their needs should never be an afterthought. Advocates in our Young Leaders Program are working all over the world to #StandWithRefugees and displaced populations.
At a time when refugee girls and women are increasingly seen as nameless victims, Women Deliver is highlighting stories that demonstrate the power of girls and women in humanitarian action.
Young Leader Serene Dardari is a Syrian gender equality advocate and social change-maker supporting refugee girls and women in Beirut, Lebanon. …