Introducing PSI Impact Issue #13 – Spotlight on Women and Girls

By Marshall Stowell – Editor-in-Chief, Impact Magazine

In the previous issue of Impact, we examined the new era of philanthropy and giving to global health. In this issue, produced in partnership with Women Deliver and the Skoll Foundation, we focus on one of the most effective ways to lift families, communities and countries: investment in the health and rights of girls and women.

Today’s plan for improving the health of girls and women looks different than a decade ago. We asked Impact readers to identify 10 game-changing moments for girls and women throughout the past decade. Here’s what they said:

➊ 1994: Ghana becomes the first African country to ban female genital cutting.

➋ 2000: The Millennium Development Goals are drafted, making gender equality and female empowerment key to the development agenda.

Join the Discussion on Breakthroughs in Global Women’s Health

Women around the world continue to face an uneven playing field in education, employment, earnings and decision-making power. A World Bank report from 2012 presented evidence that ensuring that the world’s 3.5 billion women have equal opportunities can be global economic boon. The Seattle Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID) is partnering with the SID Washington, DC Chapter for a special bi-coastal event that will discuss the intersection between health and women’s economic empowerment. A video feed will link the audiences and two speakers in each location. PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann is scheduled to join the conversation from Washington DC with other global health experts and activists.

Click below for further details on the event if you want to attend the even to see how global health initiatives are working together with increase economic opportunities to both improve the well being of and empower women.

Turning the Tide toward Girls

By Her Royal Highness Crown Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation

Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2012 International AIDS Conference July 22-27. I have attended IAC in years past as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, and I always look forward to being among the people who devote their lives to stopping this confounding epidemic.

It energizes me.

The theme of AIDS2012 was “Turning the Tide Together.”  As I look back on the Conference, my mind is on the girls and women I met during my recent trip to New Delhi, the microcosm of India

 

Much of the city was unrecognizable to me this last trip. I have been to India many times, and each time there are more buildings, more highways and more people. Thankfully, some sentimental things had remained the same: the spices, the color and pace of life everywhere.

The one thing that regrettably was still recognizable was the poor health of the girls and women I met.

With nearly 17 million residents, Delhi is one of the most expensive and richest cities in India. It’s famous not just for its wide, tree-lined avenues, but also for slums.

I took my trip with my friend and PSI Vice President Kate Roberts.

We are both doting mothers who are avid supporters of the Girl Effect and committed to improving the health of girls and women. This was a learning journey for me to see some of PSI’s and its partners’ health programs. I wanted to get a glimpse of the whole picture – the daily lives of women and girls and the innovative health solutions reaching them.