Spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Every Woman Every Child is a multi-stakeholder movement that recognizes that all partners—including governments, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society, business, health professionals and academia—have an essential role to play in improving women’s and children’s health and wellbeing. Commitments in support of Every Woman Every Child represent pledges to address a specific need outlined in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, ultimately reducing preventable mortality and promoting the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents everywhere.
WHAT KINDS OF COMMITMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED?
All commitments advancing the goals outlined in the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health are encouraged, in particular those which are sustainable (e.g. public private partnerships with sustainable business models), innovative (e.g. novel policies, new low cost technologies, innovative partnerships or financing models), and have a long term focus.
Commitments can be financial or non-financial, and made by individual institutions or multi-partner-based coalitions. Most importantly, commitments to the Global Strategy should aim to have clear measurable impacts. Each commitment maker will be required to report annually on progress related to implementing their commitment.
Government commitments, in adherence with the Paris Accord and the IHP+ principles, and linked to intergovernmental reporting processes, will be recorded separately.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A COMMITMENT?
Commitments should be defined as clearly as possible with an emphasis on measurability to support the tracking and monitoring processes, following the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. Additional details about the commitment may be requested prior to approval.
Submissions are accepted all year round, but will be grouped together for approval and announcement at key moments; approved commitments will be showcased on the Every Woman Every Child website.
COMMITMENT GUIDANCE PACK
By filling in the Commitment Application (available in editable pdf and word document), your commitment(s) will be submitted to the Every Woman Every Child Secretariat for consideration as a Global Strategy commitment.
Global Strategy Overview: This two-page brief describes the content, background, audience and development plan of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), was launched in September 2015 alongside the new Sustainable Development Goals. It introduced the guiding principles, targets and thematic areas and proposed action to realize the Strategy’s objectives of Survive, Thrive and Transform.
Frequently Asked Questions: Answers general questions on the Global Strategy including the development, rationale and main pillars of the strategy, as well as how it will be financed and implemented.
Sample talking points: Selected talking points about the Global Strategy and the commitment process to support your own outreach.
Social media toolkit: Includes sample tweets and photo tiles.
Click here to Download the whole commitment guidance pack.
For more information, check out the 2016 Every Woman Every Child Narrative Arc.