What is Every Woman Every Child?
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 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, multilaterals, 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 roadmap 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.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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.
Research has conclusively demonstrated that the health of women and children is the cornerstone of public health and adolescents are central to everything we want to achieve, and to the overall success of the 2030 Agenda. Healthy women and children create healthy societies and by helping adolescents realize their rights to health, well-being, education and full and equal participation in society, we are equipping them to attain their full potential as adults.
Healthy societies, in turn, are the foundation upon which nations build successful economies and create prosperity for their people. And prosperity, as we know, is essential to political stability and social harmony.
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 would mean saving the lives of 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, ending stunting in 88 million children, and protecting 120 million children from pneumonia by 2015.
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.