What is Every Woman Every Child?

Launched by Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child  is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multi-laterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world.

The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a road-map to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being.

The three overarching objectives of the Global Strategy are Survive, Thrive and Transform. With its full implementation—supporting country priorities and plans and building the momentum of Every Woman Every Child—no woman, child or adolescent should face a greater risk of preventable death because of where they live or who they are.”- Ban Ki-Moon, Former UN Secretary-General

“In a time of complex development challenges, the investments we make today in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being will help build the peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies we have promised to achieve through the Sustainable Development Goals.

All that we strive for as a human family—dignity and hope, progress and prosperity—depends on peace. Peace cannot exist without development and development cannot exist without health and well-being, for healthy and empowered women, children and adolescents can bring about the change needed to create a better future for all.”

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres

Why Does This Matter?

Every Woman Every Child provides an opportunity to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people. The health of women, children and adolescents is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress, and directly impacts our success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in September 2015.

Women, children, and adolescents must be placed at the heart of sustainable development. Healthy women, children, and adolescents create healthy societies—which, in turn, are the foundation upon which nations build successful economies and create prosperity for their people. The well-being of these groups is critically important to almost every area of human development and directly impacts progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. 

What Can Be Done?

Every Woman Every Child recognizes that all actors have an important role to play in improving women’s and children’s health. More than $40 billion was pledged at the 2010 launch, and numerous partners have made additional, and critical, financial, policy and service delivery commitments, but more help is needed. The Secretary-General is asking the international community for the additional commitments necessary to take Every Woman Every Child past the tipping point.

This is an enormous and unprecedented undertaking. The stakes are high, and the cost of failure is great. But the rewards of success are greater still. They include a better life for all of us, and a healthy future for women and children everywhere. Please explore these pages with the desire to ensure that every woman and every child have the same opportunities for health and life and ask yourself what you can do.

Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) is currently hosted by H6 partner and member of the High Level Steering Group of EWEC, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).