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Women of the World Affirm Their Rights

March 5, 2005

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, a pledge made by the countries of the world to address discrimination against women and promote women's empowerment, more than 5,000 country representatives and womens rights advocates from around the world are convening at United Nations headquarters between February 28 and March 11 to discuss the global status of women.

On Friday, March 4, The Alan Guttmacher Institute will bring together delegates and nongovernmental representatives participating in the review process to highlight the critical importance of reproductive health services to women's empowerment. All are welcome.

Investing in Womens Lives: Building Broader Coalitions

A panel presentation and open discussion on the broad societal benefits of investing in women.

Friday, March 4, from 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.
Boss Room, 8th floor of the Church Center
777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th Street and 1st Avenue)

• What do societies get in return for investing in women?

• What do countries currently invest in reproductive health?

• What evidence can we use to back up our advocacy work?

Expert panel moderated by Susan A. Cohen, Director of Government Affairs, The Alan Guttmacher Institute:

Jennifer Nadeau, Director of Communications, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Adding It Up: The Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care

Karin Ringheim, Director of Research and Analysis, Global Health Council, Banking on Reproductive Health: <http://www.globalhealth.org/view_top.php3?id=488> The World Bank's Support for Population, the Cairo Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals

Sally Ethelston, Vice President/Head, Financing Project, Population Action International, Progress and Promises: Trends in International Assistance for Reproductive Health and Population

Lunch will be provided

Read the full text of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action signed in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Join in a global week of action celebrating the Beijing Declaration and women's equality.