(November 2007) At Women Deliver, a global conference marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of the global Safe Motherhood Initiative, more than 1,800 people gathered in London from Oct. 18 to 20, to focus on creating the political will to save the lives and improve the health of women, mothers, and newborn babies around the world.

Women Deliver pushed for greater investment in women’s health, and the multiple returns such an investment yields.

So did nine members of Women’s Edition, a network of journalists coordinated by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). PRB sponsored the journalists, who covered the conference, reporting and writing articles for the conference newsletter. Every morning, 1,200 copies of We Deliver were distributed to attendees.

Here are the three newsletters, with selected articles highlighted:

Oct. 18, 2007 (PDF: 149KB)

  • Investing in Women Makes Sense, Yields Benefits at All Levels of Society
  • Reducing Maternal Mortality by Involving the Community
  • Violence During Pregnancy Adds to Maternal Risk

Oct. 19, 2007 (PDF: 179KB)

  • UK Pledges £100 Million to UNFPA—Good News for Africa and South Asia
  • PM Brown: “Political Will” Needed
  • Dead Mothers Don’t Talk, Surviving Ones Do
  • Ghana Minister: Time to Ask Why We Have Failed
  • A Measure of Survival . . . Pregnancy Still Risky in sub-Saharan Africa

Oct. 20, 2007 (PDF: 207KB)

  • Men: Part of the Solution
  • Teenagers, Neglect, and Unwanted Motherhood
  • Bridging Modern Medicine and Indigenous Traditions
  • The Cost of Maternal Health: Priceless
  • Malaria Can Be Life Threatening During Pregnancy
  • Every 2 Minutes a Woman Dies of Cervical Cancer
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Are We Making Any Strides?

PRB launched Women’s Edition in 1993 to bring together senior women editors and producers from influential media organizations around the world to examine and report on issues affecting women’s reproductive health and status in society. By providing information to millions of women in developing countries on issues that affect them, Women’s Edition attempts to shape public discussion of the problems and helps women make informed decisions on matters related to their livelihood. Women’s Edition is supported by USAID under the BRIDGE project.

Current Women’s Edition members represent print and broadcast media organizations in Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, India, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Romania, South Africa, and Uganda.