Women Deliver 2013 – International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Health — Aga Kahn University news

May 27, 2013

​Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets, have gathered in Kuala Lumpur from May 28 to May 30 for Women Deliver 2013, the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of women.​

With the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline rapidly approaching, the conference will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come.

More than 120 concurrent sessions, high-level plenaries, skills-building workshops, and ministerial and parliamentarian forums have been arranged to inspire and inform work to build a better world for women.​

According to the organisers, the conference will focus on three key themes: investing in girls and women, ensuring global access to family planning, and prioritizing girls and women in the post-2015 development framework.

Global luminaries,  including His Excellency Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Member Graça Machel, will speak on these issues.

“Women Deliver 2013 could not come at a more critical time,” said Women Deliver President & Founder Jill Sheffield. “Shortly after the conference, global leaders will release their recommendations on the post-Millennium Development Goal framework – so we must raise our voices and be heard. Girls and women should – and must – be front and centre.”
Live Webcast also available.

On the occasion, Aga Khan University faculty will be part of the following concurrent sessions:

Women Deliver as Those Who Manage, Lead, and Govern for Health

May 28, 14:45 – 16:15, Room 305


list: Dr Fauziah Rabbani, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences

Best Practices in Improving Reproductive Health Care

May 29, 11:00 – 13:00, Room 401


list: Dr Jai Das, Senior Instructor, Division of Women and Child Health

Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2013 Countdown to 2015 Report and Country Profiles

May 30, 11:00 – 13:00, Plenary Theatre


list: Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta, Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health

Source: AKU Edu


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