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Register for our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project's webinar on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT!
Panelists from @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser) will discuss the impact of physical rehabilitation in #fistula & maternity care.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

Only 30% of countries are reporting sex-disaggregated data on cases and deaths during #COVID19. We must prioritize collecting comprehensive data to fully understand and respond to the dynamics of this crisis.

Read more in @Devex: https://bit.ly/3mnjNsu

As part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit, we've joined a diverse group of governments & organizations in making commitments to work towards a gender-equal, post-COVID world.

See all the commitments here: https://lnkd.in/eUSBMqR

#COVID5050 #UNGA

"While women provide $3 trillion of care annually, half of that is unpaid...We're asking for a new social contract for women in health that recognizes & values their contribution.” -@RoopaDhatt

Read more in @womeninGH’s brief on health security & women: https://bit.ly/3iPi6BT.

Dr. Ajay Khera, our Country Representative for India, emphasized the importance of private sector engagement in achieving universal health coverage & strengthening health outcomes in #India at @SHOPSPlus' recent webinar. View his speech at 16 min here: https://bit.ly/2H57Yao

Register today! Our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project, with partners @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser), are hosting a webinar on integrating physical therapy into fistula & maternity care on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

New Report: COVID-19 Global Health Security Depends on Women: Rebalancing the unequal social contract for women

Check it out to learn what you can do.
https://covid5050.org/report/
#COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA #COVID19 #GenderEquality #SDG3 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

Depuis quelques jours se tient l'atelier d’élaboration du rapport de l’évaluation du Plan d’Action National Budgétisé Planification Familiale (PANBPF 2016 – 2020) avec la présence et l'appuie financier de @EngenderHealth et ses PTF.
@SOROAboudouN @nenef

And that's a wrap on #WGHSecuritySummit at the #UNGA. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees!

What's next? ➡️➡️ putting our words into action!

Learn more about the pledges that came in from global institutions and governments: https://bit.ly/32D8PXZ

We've committed to ensure fair representation of women in leadership, publish gender pay gap data and collect sex- & age-disaggregated data as part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit: https://bit.ly/2HaAuYd #COVID5050

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April 12, 2016

How Choice Brings Opportunity

A friend’s daughter recently returned to graduate school now that her youngest child is a toddler, and she remarked that it was the first time in years she felt and had been viewed just as a person—not as a mom first.

It struck me at that moment how deeply personal the choice to become a parent is. My friend’s daughter cherishes her family and has no regrets about her decision. However, that right—to choose whatever path is right for you—has exponential effects when you take a step back to consider the implications.

Years ago, for example, while living in Mozambique, I met a 16-year-old girl named Assia* who had an unplanned pregnancy with a boy about her age. In her community, she was obligated to marry the boy, which also meant that she essentially became an indentured servant to her in-laws.

From that point on, this young woman was so tied up with taking care of the first child and the children who came after, gathering firewood, cooking, and doing other unpaid family work that her opportunity to continue in school, choose her own spouse, earn her own livelihood, or attend to her own needs or dreams was denied.

Just like Assia in Mozambique, women around the world are repeatedly deprived of the ability to be economic decision makers. They often become mothers not because they choose, but as a matter of circumstance. They love and are committed to their children, but they did not have the opportunity to fully consider their rights as an individual—to freely choose marriage, employment, or school.

Today, more than 225 million women and girls want but do not have access to modern contraception. A woman’s ability to decide if, when, and how many children to have is one of the most important factors for determining the course of her future and that of her family. When she has access to contraception, she tends to be healthier and have a healthier family, go further in school, and be more likely to invest money back into her community.

Additionally, if this unmet need were satisfied so that all women could plan or choose to delay pregnancy, nearly one-third of maternal deaths could be prevented annually. That’s about 80,000 lives that could be saved each year if women simply had access to one of the most affordable and effective ways to prevent maternal mortality.

Can you imagine what it would be like if each woman and girl had the opportunity to choose her future and fulfill her full potential? Access to family planning and reproductive health care remains one of the most effective investments in health and development, yet women like Assia continue to face the same challenges so many years later.

EngenderHealth, along with individuals and sister organizations around the world, is urging the global community to recognize April 11 as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Please join us and learn more about what you can do to celebrate every woman’s right to dignity, respect, and the information and services she needs to make her own choices about motherhood and her future.

* Assia’s name has been changed to respect confidentiality

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