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Monday, December 21, 2009

Video: Accelerating Equality for Women and Girls around the World

On Thursday, December 3rd, EngenderHealth co-hosted a lively event at the Paley Center in New York with Equality Now and Ashoka featuring each organization's leader in conversation with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky. The speakers and audience members engaged in a stimulating discussion on many dimensions of womens health, rights, and welfare, with moderating by Maria Hinojosa of NOW on PBS. Watch the video and learn more about a range of subjects, from media representations of women and girls to the decline of the footbinding tradition in China.

The video is in two parts, each one approximately an hour long. Part 1 of the video includes discussion among the panelists, and Part 2 features the panelists responding to questions from the audience. Both will play in the video player above, or you can watch them directly on YouTube: Part 1 and Part 2.

For more information, please visit the following web sites:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Calling all Champions for Maternal Health: Contribute Your Ideas Now!

The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth and Ashoka’s Changemakers just launched an exciting global competition to identify young individuals with innovative solutions to improve maternal health, Healthy Mothers, Strong World: The Next Generation of Ideas for Maternal Health.

The competition will select 16 young leaders from around the world to develop their ideas during 9-month mentorships with seasoned Ashoka Fellows working in the maternal health field. Also, three organizations will be awarded with $5,000 in prizes to attend the global Maternal Health Change Summit to be held in India in August 2010.

Submit your ideas now, or nominate an inspiring young champion, at or email

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Save the Date: Accelerating Equality for Women and Girls Around the World

If you live in the New York City area, please join us on Thursday, December 3, for this important event. "Accelerating Equality for Women and Girls around the World: A Conversation with Media, Activists, Entrereneurs, and You" will include:
The event will be moderated by Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent, NOW on PBS.

This event is free and open to all, but space is limited. To attend, you must RSVP to For more information, read the online invitation, or call 212-561-8456.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dr. Ana Langer Blogs at the Huffington Post About Our New Commitment to Action

EngenderHealth’s President, Dr. Ana Langer, blogs in today's Huffington Post about our commitment to action announced by President Clinton at last week's Clinton Global Initiative. Excerpt:

You wouldn't expect a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative called "Moving From Crisis to Opportunity - Financing an Equitable Future," featuring the CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co., to be the natural venue for launching a major initiative on maternal health.

But that's exactly what happened Friday morning in New York, when former President Bill Clinton unveiled a new program and CGI Commitment to Action called Young Champions for Maternal Health.

A partnership between the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth (the organization I lead) and Ashoka, a pioneer in social entrepreneurship, Young Champions is the first international fellowship program to focus exclusively on maternal health. The strategy: Build the next generation of passionate and committed innovators in this field by offering a nine-month work study that will conclude with each fellow designing a concrete solution to protect women's reproductive health. EngenderHealth and Ashoka will jointly promote these solutions to the broader global health community.

As a 25-year veteran in the health field, I couldn't have been more gratified to see this innovative program take the stage, literally, at a major forum on the world's financial systems. It validated what those of us on the front lines of global health know to be true: To truly move beyond financial crises and do so in a sustainable and equitable way, we must invest in the health and well-being of mothers, particularly in the developing world.

Read the full entry.