20 February 2019

Women Deliver

“In the spirit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015, we ask for a focus on women as countries build NCD action plans. We must seize this unprecedented global movement to improve policy and services on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. Because when you take care of women, women take care of their children and indeed the whole world.” – Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver


Commitment Progress

Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization focused on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls. We commit to capacity building, sharing solutions, forging partnerships, creating/strengthening coalitions, and sparking action that drives political commitment and investment in girls and women.

We have made notable progress to advance our commitments in support of the Updated EWEC Global Strategy:

Women Deliver is planning our 2019 Conference, which will engage a record number of leaders, advocates, policy makers, young people, donors, and the private sector to facilitate knowledge exchange, partnerships, and action for the implementation the Global Strategy and SDGs in support of girls and women. To inform planning, we conducted a listening tour consulting stakeholders in more than 20 countries: 1,357 individuals through an online survey; interviews with 17 government institutions, 28 NGOs, 11 UN Agencies, 5 corporations, 6 foundations, 2 public-private partnerships, 6 organizations, 150+ individuals including young people representing youth-serving and youth-led organizations.

Our Young Leaders Program continues to grow and deepen its impact cultivating champions for women and girls. Our 2018 class of 300 Young Leaders is the largest, most diverse to date. Almost 3,000 young people applied, and the acceptance rate was 1/10, highlighting the impact and recognition of the program. Throughout 2017 over 150 Young Leaders were involved directly in policy and strategy consultations, nearly 350 engaged with influencers and policymakers, and 150 had high-level speaking engagements. Women Deliver is also cultivating our 400 alumni to develop platforms for continued engagement.

The Deliver for Good campaign is growing in momentum, size, and scope, engaging over 400 organizations from more than 50 countries: 13 Advisory partners, 42 allies, and 351 organizational supporters. The Campaign announced its first three focus countries – Kenya, Senegal, and India – for intensified country-level advocacy and is beginning to roll-out activities. Early stages of coalition building is beginning in Kenya and Senegal, and efforts in India will begin in late-2018.  The Deliver for Good policy briefs continue to serve as a resource for evidence-based advocacy among advocates and policy makers – they are now being used to guide high-level negotiations at the G7. Stakeholders have also used a unified voice during several global moments including HLPF, CSW, UNGA and the GPE Financing Conference.

Women Deliver’s global advocacy also made significant inroads to promote the goals of the Global Strategy. Through strong engagement on more than 20 task forces, advisory groups, and Boards of Directors, we are working to advance women’s, children’s, and adolescent health in major policy and programming decisions. In the past year Women Deliver has been invited to serve on high-level commissions that will further our reach and impact: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s 2018 G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council; Replenishment Leadership Group for the Global Financing Facility; WHO-CSO Task Team with Director General Tedros; SheDecides Torchebears’ Champion network; Chair Equal Measures 2030 Partnership Council. Women Deliver also created a new advocacy work stream focused on the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls in conflict and humanitarian settings.


Between 2015 and 2016, Women Deliver commits to supporting the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals so they matter most for girls and women, and the advancement of gender equality, maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls and women by implementing following four activities: (1) Convene an inspiring triennial Women Deliver conference, Women Deliver 2016 in Copenhagen, which will bring together global leaders to facilitate knowledge exchange and catalyze action; (2) Expand our Young Leaders Program to build the next generation of advocates for girls and women by training 200 more young people to become leaders in their communities; (3) Develop a new advocacy and communications campaign that applies a cross-cutting gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals, which will help fuel political dialogue and practical action at global and country levels; and (4) Continue ongoing involvement with coalitions and partnerships focused on improving the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. Our commitment will reach more than 150 countries, 50,000,000 people with communications, over 5,000 conference participants, over 100 partners, and 200 new Young Leaders. The value of the commitment is USD $11,616,000.

Commitment Progress

Women Deliver has achieved the progress it set out in our commitment to Every Woman Every Child in September 2015. We have met or exceeded our anticipated metrics in all of the four core areas of our commitment, which includes the following:

1) The Women Deliver Conference 2016,

2) Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program,

3) Communications and advocacy campaign — Deliver for Good –that provides a gender lens the SDGs; and

4) Women Deliver’s general advocacy work around girls’ and women’s health, including SRHR.

2014-Every Newborn Action Plan

Women Deliver commits to advancing the goal of Every Woman Every Child (EWEC), including the Every Newborn Action Plan’s objective of reaching every woman and newborn to reduce inequities. Through effective messaging, engagement with the media, and strong communications strategies, Women Deliver will help to ensure that advocates and policymakers have evidence, compelling information, and stories to drive attention and investment. This particular effort will focus on maternal and newborn health as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights and related issues. Women Deliver also pledges to discuss and identify pathways for progress on issues of inequity within reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) when it convenes its Women Deliver conference in May 2016.

The outcomes of this commitment will include strong messaging around the importance of maternal and newborn health, reaching 12,000 people, 500 media contacts, and 3,300 young people through Women Deliver’s news blasts; increased media attention on maternal and newborn health; and a focus on the progress, lessons learned, and future pathways for EWEC and the world of RMNCH at the 2016 Women Deliver Conference.

2012—Born Too Soon

Women Deliver commits to making family planning one of three themes of its international conference, Women Deliver 2013, May 28-30, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spacing births through voluntary family planning is a key intervention to reduce the risk of preterm births. The global conference will explore solutions on how to reduce unmet need for family planning by 100 million women by 2015 and 215 million women, by 2020. To encourage sharing of lessons learned and successes, Women Deliver commits to developing a track for its global conference on newborn health.


Women Deliver commits to keeping up the pressure to improve women’s and children’s health over the next five years in the final push to 2015 and the MDG deadline.

Women Deliver will galvanize action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women through three regional consultations in 2012 in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean; and the 2013 global conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (May 28-30). A key outcome of these meetings will be recommendations for the post-2015 development framework from on-the-ground practitioners. Other priority themes include: building the economic case for investing in girls and women and advancing solutions to reduce unmet need for family planning. Spacing births through voluntary family planning is a key intervention to reduce the risk of preterm births.

Beyond gatherings that convene today’s experts and advocates, Women Deliver pledges to expand its youth program to build the next generation of leaders who are working to advance issues important to the health of women and children. Policymakers, parliamentarians, advocates, academics and journalists, between the ages of 18 and 35, participate in advocacy and professional skills programs, including e-courses, online community building, and workshops at the Women Deliver global conference.


Women Deliver commits to keeping up the pressure to improve women’s and children’s health over the next five years, tracking commitments made and ensuring the global spotlight stays on those who have power to help keep girls and women alive and healthy. Working with 15,000 advocates around the globe, Women Deliver will certify that governments, policy-makers, health systems, foundations, civil society organizations and international agencies understand that the time for action is now, and to standing ready to help anyone turn good new ideas into reality on the ground. Women Deliver will convene a global conference in 2013 to celebrate successes and launch the final push to 2015 and pledges to keep delivering new hope for girls, women and children for as long as it takes to meet their needs.

Learn more about the Women Deliver commitment.
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