Women Deliver Conference: What it is, why it matters.

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May 27, 2013

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This week at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia, the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women is taking place. We will be closely following the Women Deliver 2013 Conference from here in the States.

Thousands of participants will contribute including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, nonprofit organizations, corporate leaders, and global media outlets. Adding to the value of these attendees are voices like yours and mine: mothers.

As moms – even moms living in suburban America – we understand the power of investment in women and girls. As we look at our own daughters we are inspired and excited about what lies ahead for them. They are, and will be, leaders in their communities along whichever paths they choose to follow. Their future is so bright! We are moved to use our voices in any way possible, to help make this bright future a reality for women and girls all around the world.

The agenda of the conference promises a variety of important topics such as the Global Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention, the Postpartum Family Technical Meeting and the Healthy Birthing Forum. The WomenDeliver+SocialGood session explores how social entrepreneurs and new media connectors are working with leaders shaping policies related to women’s health and economic empowerment. The Women Deliver Conference also offers local site visits including to a maternity hospital, to see how Malaysia has dramatically reduced the number of women dying in childbirth. On Wednesday there will be a screening of the film Girl Rising.

As social media increases our ability to expand communication we realize that we are part of a global society. Empowerment of women and girls will change the world for good. Join us to learn about what we can do to help ensure that girls in all countries are being educated, that women have access to health care and are encouraged and allowed to be leaders in their communities. Doing our part to help our global sisters will put us that much closer to the goal of significantly reducing worldwide poverty by 2015.

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The Women Deliver 2013 Conference will be livestreamed Monday, May 27, 2013, 7:30am EDT through Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:00am EDT. Tune in when you can, follow #WD2013 on Twitter, and like Women Deliver on Facebook.

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