The 71st meeting of the World Health Assembly is here. Are you ready? 

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From the halls of the United Nations to the snowy streets of Davos to board rooms around the world, Women Deliver makes it our business to ensure girls and women are front and center in the agendas and prioritized in the outcomes.

And this week is no different as I head to the World Health Assembly (WHA). Every May, Ministers, policy makers, and civil society organizations convene in Geneva to discuss the most critical health issues facing the global community. It is an important opportunity to accelerate progress toward solutions that help to save lives and drive development.

As always, Women Deliver will be there giving you the inside scoop and advocating for political, financial, and programmatic investments in girls and women. Whether talking about climate change, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), or nutrition we will be there applying a gender lens to the discussion.

Throughout the week, the Women Deliver team and I will attend a number of events and raise our voices to advance gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. If you aren’t able to join the events in person, I encourage you to join the conversation on Twitter by following @WomenDeliver.

With just over 1 year until the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver (380 days to be exact – but who’s counting?!) now is the time to show the power of advocacy to change the world for girls and women.

Hope to see you at WHA!

Katja Iversen,
President/CEO, Women Deliver

Where We'll Apply a Gender Lens at WHA
Heroines of Health

20 May | 6:00 - 9:00 pm CEST 
The InterContinental Geneva, Ballroom B&C 

The Women in Global Health “Heroines of Health” Gala honors women in global health from around the world. 2018 Honorees include women working Pediatrics, Scoliosis Policy, Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Polio/Immunizations, Public Health Research, and more. Join us to hear these incredible women share their experience working to advance public health.

Hosted by: 
Women in Global Health 

 Follow the conversation #HeroinesofHealth
Geneva launch of the report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on SRHR

21 May | 12:00 - 2:30pm CEST
Chateau de Penthes, Grenier, Geneva

An exclusive event to celebrate the launch of the report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Commissioners, Ministers of Health and partners will unpack the report’s bold, evidence-based and human rights grounded vision for SRHR in the 21st century.

Hosted by: 
Guttmacher Institute, UNFPA, WHO and PMNCH

 Follow the conversation via #SRHRagenda

The SUN Nutrition Hub

Looking for a space for dialogue and learning during WHA? Held on the margins of the 71st World Health Assembly, the SUN Nutrition Hub will run from 21 to 25 May and will create a space for SUN Country representatives and diverse stakeholders to come together to discuss critical nutrition issues and to facilitate mutual learning for increased impact at country level.  We hope you will visit the Hub located at the Villa le Bocage at the Palais des Nations, to participate in the activities and engage with the Deliver for Good campaign partners. 

➔ Learn more about the SUN Nutrition Hub program here

ENOUGH. Making 2018 the year for action and impact on NCDs 

May | 6:00 - 8:00pm CEST
Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva

This side event seeks to “set the bar high” for the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs (UN HLM) and beyond. It will raise awareness of the opportunity and priority issues for the third UN HLM for NCDs; provide a platform to explore challenges, bottlenecks, and bold solutions for transforming and scaling up the NCD response; and will look ahead beyond 2018 to secure progress towards the SDGs. RSVP here!

Hosted by: 
NCD Alliance

Facebook Live: Nutrition and Health to Advance Gender Equality

22 May | 5:00 - 5:30pm CEST

What role do nutrition and health play in advancing gender equality and Universal Health Care? Join Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver and Gerda Verburg, UN-Assistant Secretary-General, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Coordinator for an interactive conversation applying a gender lens to the World Health Assembly and showing the power of the Deliver for Good campaign to drive cross-sector solutions.  

Hosted by: 
Women Deliver and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement 

Taking Civil Society Engagement to New Heights to Advance WHO's 13th General Programme of Work & Achieve the "Triple Billion" Targets

22 May | 6:00 - 8:00 CEST
Palais des Nations, Room IX

Convened by Director General Dr. Tedros, this side event aims to build momentum and commitment behind enhanced civil society engagement in pursuit of the “triple billion” targets of WHO’s General Program of Work. Featuring a globally diverse range of speakers from Member States and other civil society actors, the event will share diverse perspectives on the importance of civil society in advancing the global goals. 

Hosted by: 
Women Deliver, Caritas Internationalis, Global Health Council, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Pediatric Association, International Pharmaceutical Students' Association, PATH, RESULTS, and the UN Foundation.

 Follow the conversation via #Together4Health

Leading the Way for Midwives

23 May, 2018 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm CEST
InterContinental Hotel

How do we build consensus for and commitment to increasing access to and creating enabling environments for midwives, as part of a larger global commitment to the 2030 goals for health and UHC? Join this event to hear lessons learned and best practices to lead the way for midwives. 

Hosted by: 
International Confederation of Midwives

 To RSVP, email 

For more, see a list of events here.
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