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September 21-26, 2014
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A Digital Conversation on Women & Children During the U.N. Assembly

Recap of September 24, 2014

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#YouthVoices: Nothing about us without us.

Throughout the week, young people have played an active - and extremely important - role in the conversations on the post-2015 development agenda. The themes of the week centered around meaningful inclusion of the youth voice and fostering the next generation of leaders who will be acting on the 2030 goals.

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Emerging Conversations


Hillary Clinton promises education for 14 million girls

By Eliana Dockterman, TIME

On Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton and Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new Clinton Global Initiative commitment with the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution for girls’ education called CHARGE - The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education.

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The case for integrated health interventions to reach those most in need

By Susan Shepherd & Mark Grabowsky, Devex

Bringing lifesaving interventions to pregnant women, mothers and children living in crisis settings is thus becoming a new and recognized frontier in the battle to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Capturing women's multidimentional experiences of extreme poverty

By Catherine Cozzarelli and Susan Markham, USAID

To accurately compare the prevalence of extreme poverty among women as compared to men, researchers must assess poverty at the individual, rather than household, level. This has proven to be a steep methodological challenge.

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Youth involvement and mentorship as a way of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Global Health Corps alumni, Yvette Efevbera and Mothers2Mothers mentor Violet Mbewe discuss the importance of education in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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Girls' Globe Live Reporting

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Day four recap of UNGA conversations on women & children

By Girls' Globe Bloggers // Wednesday has been another exciting day full of discussions on how to further advance the conversation women and children's health with a focus on adolescents and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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#ShowYourSelfie: Educate Girls

By Megan Foo // I believe that girls’ education is one of the most powerful investments anyone can make. When a girl completes her secondary education, she receives an 18% increase in future wages. When a mother has an extra year of schooling, the risks of her children having infant mortality is reduced by 5% to 10%.

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We Can't Have a Post-2015 Agenda without SRHR

By Elisabeth Epstein // In 2000, the creators of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) completely overlooked sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), a mistake that, if repeated, would cripple the dreams of millions of young girls and women for years and generations to come.

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#MDG456Live Voices

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Wangari Wanjiku on Youth and SRHR!

Wangari “Mourine” Wanjiku, 22, is a third year student at the prestigious Jomo kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, based in Juja outside of Nairobi Kenya. An aspiring poet, Wangari is studying Agricultural Economics. Through Jhpiego’s Brighter Future project, supported by Merck for Mothers, Wangari has been trained as a reproductive health peer educator and life plan facilitator, and as a result of that training, was a founding member of The Brighter Future club on campus.

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Girls' Globe speaks with Memory Banda!

Memory Banda is an eighteen year old activist from Malawi. She works as an advocate against child marriage in conjunction with Girls' Empowerment Network, Malawi and Let Girls Lead. Memory shares what action she wants to see for girls in the post-2015 agenda.

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Girls' Globe speaks with Verily Magazine!

Girls' Globe chats with Kara Eschbach, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Verily Magazine. She shares the impact they have on women and girls in the US. Kara also shares what action she wants to see for women in the US and around the world.

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Crowd voices

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Invest in New Media for Better Health of Young People

By Rehema Z Namukose, Women Deliver // How can we connect for good, connect for all, and build a better world by 2030? To answer this question, global leaders and advocates from around the world convened at the 2014 Social Good Summit this week and to discuss key social issues shaping the future of our world today, like climate change, peace, gender inequality, and health crises like Ebola. Held in conjunction with the 69th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the summit was an opportunity for young people to not only take part in the conversation, but to lead them.

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VIDEO: Jeffrey D. Sachs Shares thoughts with one million community health workers

By Maternal and Child Survival Program // Jeffrey D. Sachs shared thoughts with an audience at the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign event “Beyond Health Financing: Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Through Equitable Access to Health Workers” held at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, NY.

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Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Robert Walker, President, Population Institute // The UN this week is hosting dueling deliberations on population and climate change — a special session of the United Nations General Assembly observing the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the UN Climate Summit — and both meetings take place within the larger context of a growing debate on the design of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. 

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Giving Adolescents a Brighter Future

Everlyn Njiri, an intern with Jhpiego’s Brighter Futures program in Kenya, reflects on the beginning of the school year, and what experiences she would share with young people today. Read through her ‘Five Must-Do’s for Kenya College Students’!

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Reimaging Adolescent Health — Educate, Engage, Empower Youth

By Ann LoLordo, Jhpiego // Ask a room full of global health experts, women’s advocates, NGO professionals, youth activists and corporate leaders what success would look like in a world where the health and social challenges facing adolescents of the developing world were properly addressed. Read what they had to say.

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Women's rights: Engaging the other half of the population

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA // Leaders at this year's UN General Assembly will focus on challenges such as terrorism, climate change and the spread of Ebola. They will also reflect on progress made since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, a groundbreaking moment for women and their right to control their lives and fertility.

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Why the SDGs must deliver for young people

By Ulla Muller, Country Director, Marie Stopes Tanzania // Tanzania is at a turning point. With over 50% of the population under the age of 20, Tanzania is younger than it has ever been and ever will be, creating a situation that is full of potential but also challenges. Over the next 10-15 years, Tanzania’s largest ever population of adolescents will become its largest ever population of young workers. This shift from a large proportion of dependants to a large proportion of economically productive individuals represents an opportunity for accelerated growth, often referred to as a ‘demographic dividend’.

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More News

Smartphone App May Allow Parents To Screen Newborns For Jaundice - HuffPost Global Motherhood

MDG Goals 4 and 5 are critical for India -

UN begins talks on SDGs, 'carrying the hopes of millions and millions' - The Guardian

MDGs: Child and maternal health needs critical care - Mail & Guardian


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