The challenges that shape the future dignity and well-being of our planet and its people are interconnected, and they underpin the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focus on issues with transformative potential, we scan for emerging threats, and we stimulate new thinking to provide solutions for globally.
We advance human dignity through transformative issues critical to humanity’s shared future. We strive to defend progress already made and unlock the collective promise of the Sustainable Development Goals across interconnected issues, including climate, health, gender equality, human rights, data and technology, peace, and humanitarian response.
The rights and equality of girls and women are not only a moral obligation but a huge opportunity. Every safe, educated, healthy, and empowered girl or woman has the potential to transform her family, community, economy, and society.
Yet, despite the progress, gender inequality and discrimination still prevail across the globe. One in three women experience violence in their lifetimes. Complications from pregnancy are a leading cause of death for adolescent girls; 214 million women want to avoid or delay pregnancy but are not using effective contraception; and women are still dramatically underrepresented in positions of economic and political leadership.
Of the 136 million people who will need humanitarian assistance and protection, an estimated 34 million are women of reproductive age and 5 million are pregnant.
Behind these statistics are real people: The pregnant woman fleeing conflict, who has no choice but to give birth in unimaginable conditions; the adolescent girl who loses her home to an extreme weather event and may become the target of sexual violence; and the young woman living in a camp without access to modern contraception.
Across the globe, more than 500 girls and women die in emergency situations every day from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth. Three in five preventable maternal deaths happen in areas of conflict, displacement or natural disaster. If we truly want to celebrate motherhood this year, we must stand up for funding for the health of these girls and women.
Our organization is one of it likes and in some cases a women’s health care provider in humanitarian crises, reaching more than 10 million girls and women globally with pregnancy check-ups, safe childbirth services, family planning, dignity kits with essential supplies, HIV/AIDS prevention services, gender-based violence counselling and more.
While food, water and shelter are vital elements of humanitarian response, so are women’s health services. There is still too much stigma associated with women’s basic health needs, like sanitary napkins and contraception, but these essential needs do not go away in an emergency. And as conflict and climate change continue to increase needs, we need to make sure the needs are available.
Investing in the health and rights of girls and women and empowering them to plan their futures and their families yields direct returns globally. It sparks a ripple effect, generating not only healthy and empowered girls and women, but more stable communities and nations.
Healthy families are the foundation for healthy communities, and through the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has made a promise of universal health coverage and health for all.
Yet each year, nearly 6 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes. Since our founding, we have worked and support oher partners that deliver vital services to improve health globally and forge new and dynamic partnerships for health.
We also work to anticipate emerging health challenges like pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance, as well as health security.
Yet this work is becoming more challenging, with escalating tension between great powers, persistent crises in key regions, and the increasing involvement of extremist forces in regional conflicts. Humanitarian needs have grown accordingly, and human rights are under renewed assault in most corners of the globe.
We build durable constituencies of support across countries, communities, and causes because the challenges we face can only be solved together.