September 20, 2016

Celebrating Women as Powerful Agents of Change

Written by the Crowd360 Coverage Team

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This past May, the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen was one of the first major events following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Galvanizing the energy from Copenhagen, the organization is focused on keeping up the momentum. On Monday, September 19 Women Deliver put together a UN General Assembly side event that celebrated solutions driving forward progress for women and girls.

At the reception to launch Solutions Panorama, a publication highlighting 100 programs featured at this year’s conference, Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, kicked off an impassioned program that featured Kristian Jensen, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Denmark; Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization; and Jasmine Lovely George and Elizabeth Okumu, Women Deliver Young Leaders.

“You can’t win in any match if half the team is on the sideline,” said Kristian Jensen, who has prioritized gender equality since his first day in office. “We must be steadfast in the fight to deliver for women and girls, and I will deliver for you.”

From mobile health messaging to scaling up breastfeeding and using microfinance to reduce gender-based violence, Women Deliver’s Solutions Panorama breaks down the­ silos and lays out strategies to improve nutrition, meet the demand for reproductive health services, ensures quality education, tackle climate change and more.

“Women aren’t victims, but powerful agents of change,” said Katja Iversen. “Rather than focus on the problems women and girls face, we must focus on the solutions.”