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2010 Conference

"Women are at the economic heart of the developing world. And to do all this work, they need to be healthy."

Women Deliver 2010, a global conference, will be held in Washington DC on June 7-9, 2010. The theme of the conference is: "Delivering solutions for girls and women," and we plan to focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions. This global meeting will expand on Women Deliver's hallmark of inclusivity, reaching out to new partners and new communities. With all these partners in one room, we will further prove that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Women Deliver 2010 will move the dialogue to the global arena with two strong messages:

  • The MDGs will not be achieved without investing in women.
  • There is just enough time, if the world commits funding now, to achieve MDG5 — additional US$10 billion annually by 2010 and US$20 billion by 2015.

WHAT: Women Deliver 2010
WHEN: Monday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 9, 2010
WHERE: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center
                  801 Mount Vernon Place NW

                  Washington DC, USA

A History of Success: Quick facts about the 2007 Women Deliver conference
Did You Know…

  • There were over 2,000 participants from 115 countries.
  • Participants included more than 100 government officials from more than 30 countries.
  • 40% of the participants were men.
  • The conference program included over 300 speakers inspiring dialogue and debate in 118 separate sessions over 3 days.
  • The Ministers’ Forum brought together cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and civil society leaders from over 30 countries to shine a high-level policy spotlight on maternal and newborn health. 
  • The conference held 6 special plenary sessions during which no other sessions ran.
  • There were 12 skills-building, strategy, and networking sessions on the last day that enabled participants to develop plans for future action.
  • 17 launches of new campaigns, data, and publications in the Speakers’ Corner.
  • 75 simultaneous sessions focused on the five conference themes of Women’s and Newborn Health, Promoting Women in the World, Expanding Financial Resources, Advancing Human Rights, and Building Political Will.
  • All panels on youth issues featured young speakers.

The Women Deliver 2010 conference will build on all of these successes, and more!


7 June 2010

8:30 - 10:30am: Opening Plenary

By Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver
Women Delivering
A photographic essay by MacArthur Fellow, photo journalist Lynsey Addario
Introductions by Dr. Fred Sai, Honorary Co-Chair of the Women Deliver 2010 conference
Opening Remarks
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN

Plenary Conversation: Celebrate Progress and Sustain Momentum

Maternal health has emerged as a top priority issue for many countries with new resources allocated, more and substantive media attention, and a sense of optimism. Global leaders in moving the maternal health agenda forward discuss what it took to make progress and mobilize will.

MODERATOR: Christiane Amanpour, Reporter and International Correspondent
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank
Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA
Søren Pind, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
Gamal Serour, President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

11:00 – 12:30pm: Chairman's Session
Integration: Is It the Holy Grail?

Debate has raged for decades about the advantages and costs of integrating health services. And, as we place greater emphasis on strengthening health systems, there is renewed pressure to integrate. A panel of leading international figures in health systems, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS discuss these critical issues.

MODERATOR: Steven Sinding, Senior Fellow, Guttmacher Institute
Nils Daulaire, Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA
Tore Godal, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway
Michel D. Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Joy Phumaphi, Independent Consultant

12:45 – 1:15pm: A Lunch Conversation with Melinda Gates

Pick up a box lunch and hear from Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about her vision for empowering women, building communities, and saving millions of lives.

1:30 – 3:00pm: Chairman's Session
Women and Power

However women deliver for the world, they need power; and power is not a four letter word. Join Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd, Helen Clark of UNDP, and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a conversation about how highly successful women change makers have dealt with their power, getting it, keeping it and using it wisely.

MODERATOR: Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post
Ashley Judd, actress and board member, Population Services International
Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP
Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, US

3:15 – 4:15: Chairman's Session
Analyzing Progress: A Closer Look at the New Statistics on Maternal Mortality

Advocates of maternal health have long held that we can reduce maternal deaths if we focus on cost effective and proven solutions: better medical care during pregnancy, prevention of unintended pregnancy, treatment for high risk pregnancies and appropriate levels of financial investment. Recently released data confirm that those interventions work. New projections indicate that maternal deaths have declined. This panel will take a close look at what that data means.

MODERATOR: Sharon Camp, President, the Guttmacher Institute
Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information, WHO
Christopher Murray, Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington

4:30 – 6:00pm: Plenary
Next Steps in Getting to MDG 5
While substantial progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality, it is simply not enough. This panel will explore the challenges that remain and the next steps that need to be taken to meet them.

MODERATOR: Nancy Gibbs, Executive Editor, TIME magazine
Joyce Banda, Vice President of Malawi
Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Anne Mulcahy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Save the Children
Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights, the Ethical Globalization Initiative

8 June 2010
Technology As A Catalyst for Social Transformation

8:30 – 10:30am: Plenary
Modern Contraception Comes of Age

Welcome: Chris Elias, President of PATH, Chairperson of the Symposium

The Impact of Contraception
There have been many successes in family planning in the past 50 years. What are the challenges ahead for family planning and reducing maternal mortality?

SPEAKER: Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, and Director of the Gapminder Foundation

Evolution of Contraception
Modern contraception has evolved since the introduction of the pill to include a range of methods. How are these products chosen for family planning programs and how well do they meet user needs?

MODERATOR: Gill Greer, Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation
Gloria Quansah Asare, Director of Family Health, Ghana Health Service
Ward Cates, President of Research, Family Health International
Régine Sitruk-Ware, Executive Director of Research and Development, Population Council

11:00 – 12:30pm: Chairman's Session
What’s on the Horizon

Contraceptives continue to be developed for men and women. What’s under development now and to what extent will new products address unmet need? Most importantly, what do these advances mean for women’s health and lives?

MODERATOR: Bert Koenders, Former Development Minister of the Netherlands
Maureen Cronin, Head of Global Medical Affairs, Women’s Healthcare, Bayer Schering Pharma AG
Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Spieler, Chief of the Research, Technology and Utilization Division of the Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

12:45 – 1:15pm: A Lunch Conversation with Dr. Michel Sidibé

Pick up a box lunch and join Dr. Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, in the plenary hall for an important discussion on global health.

1:30 – 3:00pm: Chairman's Session
Strategies to Address Sexually Transmitted Infections

How can technologies help women and girls to prevent and treat the sexually transmitted infections of HPV, HIV and syphilis?

MODERATOR: Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
Nathalie Broutet, Medical Officer, Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO)
Lynette Denny, Principal Specialist and Full Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Cape Town
Sarah Hawkes, Reader in Global Health, University College London
Jose Jeronimo, Project Director for the Screening Technologies to Advance Rapid Testing for Cervical Cancer Prevention—Utility and Program Planning (START-UP) Project, PATH
Zeda Rosenberg, CEO, International Partnership for Microbicides

3:15 – 4:15: Chairman's Session
Challenges to Meeting the Unmet Need for Contraception

With over 215 million women estimated to want, but not have, access to contraception, urgent attention is needed to meet that need. What obstacles exist and how can progress be made?

MODERATOR: Oying Rimon, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Akin Bankole, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
Carmen Barroso, Director of Western Hemisphere Region, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

4:30 – 6:00pm: Plenary
Contraception’s Promise: A Better Life for the World’s Women

The introduction of modern contraception has been described as a catalyst of social change comparable to the introduction of the printing press. How has this technological advance – the pill and its progeny – created social transformation for women?

MODERATOR: Denise Grady, Science Reporter, New York Times
Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health
Imane Khachani, Physician, Youth Coalition
Nafis Sadik, Special Advisory to the UN Secretary-General on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific
Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues

9 June 2010

8:30 – 10:30am: Plenary
Young Women Deliver

Young women are increasingly taking leadership roles in non-governmental organizations and are a powerful force for transformative change. When we improve young women’s and girls’ lives, many benefit: not only brothers, sisters, future children, and grandchildren, but also the communities that young women engage and seek to change. As an active, productive citizen, well educated, professional, and a prepared employee, young women can break the cycle of poverty for families and nations. Yet despite potential, they remain invisible in society. This session explores the potential and actual power of young women from the unique lenses of the most important experts on the topic—young women themselves.

MODERATOR: Ashley Judd, actress and board member, Population Services International

11:00 – 12:30pm: Chairman's Session
Words Matter: Language That Reflects Our Values and Speaks to Diverse Experiences

Joan Walsh, executive editor of, leads a discussion of reproductive health and language. The introduction of a new paradigm for population and development ushered in new language. The phrase “sexual and reproductive health and rights” became the language of choice. This panel will discuss how well that term has served us and analyze a range of terms in use and out-of-use for their value in reflecting our values and developing public support.

MODERATOR: Joan Walsh, executive editor,
Katja Iverson, Media Specialist and Campaign Coordinator, UNFPA
Ana Amuchástegui, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico
Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
Ethel Klein

12:45 – 1:15pm: A Lunch Conversation with TBD

1:30 – 3:00pm: Chairman's Session
Summing It Up: What Did We Learn and Where Are We Going?

From the Ministers’ Forum, Parliamentarians’ Forum, Midwifery Symposium to over 100 concurrent sessions, Women Deliver participants have addressed the key issues related to maternal health and girls’ and women’s lives. This session will include short statements from key groups as well as the key action recommendations on various themes. Hear from Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Alvaro Bermejo, Giselle Carino, Katie Chau, Gill Greer, Rajat Khosla, Betsy McCallon, Dorothy Shaw, Serra Sippel, and Women Deliver president, Jill Sheffield. Get straight answers to the most important question of the day: “What do I need to do when I get home?”

MODERATOR: Frances Kissling, visiting scholar, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

3:30 – 4:45pm: Plenary
Women Need a World That Delivers

It has been said that women hold up half the sky and most of the world. But women can’t do it alone. We all need governmental and non-governmental organizations – and men – working to eradicate poverty, protect the environment, make violence against women a thing of the past, bring about peace and create secure economies. As we return home, recommitted to creating that world, we will hear from some leading change makers on what we all can do to make that world a reality.

MODERATOR: Bachi Karkaria, Columnist, The Times of India
Leymah Gbowee, Executive Director, Women in Peace and Security Network
Annie Lennox, Artist, Activist, and Campaigner, International UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador
Narges Nemat, Women’s Refugee Commission
Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary for Health and Human Services
Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation

4:45 – 5:00pm: The Last Word

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