When the new government came into power earlier this year, DFID Ministers made it clear from the outset that improving maternal health and tackling malaria were two of their top priorities. It comes as no surprise then that the first two public consultations announced by DFID since the election have been launched to gather input for new ‘business plans’ (they are no longer called strategies) on these two issues.
When developing or updating policies, DFID is keen to consult with a wide range of interested groups, both in the UK and particularly from the developing countries that DFID is working in. No matter what your background, experience or level of expertise, you have an opportunity to give input on the development of policies that could affect millions of lives.
Read on to find more information about how you can participate in the recently announced public consultations on maternal health and malaria. Continue reading
The Women Deliver conference, which gets underway today in Washington DC and runs until 9 June, is bringing the international community together to seek improved health outcomes for women and children.
This year’s theme is on “delivering solutions for girls and women” and focuses on reaching Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 – to improve reproductive and maternal health. Webcasts from the conference will be available on the Women Deliver 2010 website. Continue reading
In the Guardian last week, Sheila Rowbotham published an article entitled “Feminists fighting to change the world“. In it, she looks back at feminists from the late 19th Century until now, and talks about the challenges we still need to overcome in order to provide a fair world for all women.
This is important and relevant to RESULTS in a few different ways. First, the advances made by women over the years, in pushing for social change, are enormous. In addition to securing basic rights such as suffrage:
It is thanks to their efforts that we have birth control, abortion, centres for mothers and babies, health visitors, child benefit and the minimum wage. No small achievement.