WomenDeliver+SocialGood connects experts and innovators to discuss how new media can support women’s health and empowerment

27 May 2013

First-ever +SocialGood event held at Women Deliver 2013
 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Social Good Summit partners – the UN Development Programme, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation –  hosted today WomenDeliver+Social Good, a unique dialogue between media experts, social entrepreneurs, and policy leaders about how digital media and technology can help create sustainable solutions for women and girls around the world.

The event took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the eve of Women Deliver 2013, a global conference convening thousands of experts to discuss the health and well-being of girls and women. The event invited in the questions and comments of people around the world through social media to engage with the leaders assembled in Kuala Lumpur, share experiences, ideas and best practices.
 
WomenDeliver+SocialGood served as both a special preview conversation before the Women Deliver Conference and the kickoff of +SocialGood, a new digitally based engagement platform that invites community members around the globe to connect with each other and discuss how technology and social media can positively impact the issues they care about. The partners also announced at the event the joining of Case Foundation to support the +SocialGood initiative.
 
Speakers at the event included (listed alphabetically):

•         Esther Agbarakwe, Digital Story Teller, Climate Change and Reproductive Health Activist, Nigeria
•         Ahmad Awadalla, Youth Leader, Y-PEER Network
•         Neelam Bhardwaj, Health & Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Uganda
•         Kathy Calvin, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
•         Asha Curran, Director, Center for Innovation & Social Good, 92nd Street Y
•         Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson
•         Ibtisam Kassim, Programme Officer, World Assembly of Youth (WAY)
•         Mei Leng Wong, Editorial Director, BabyCenter
•         Fungai Machirori, Founder and Managing Editor, Her Zimbabwe
•         Judy Manning, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID
•         Stacy Martinet, Chief Marketing Officer, Mashable @stacymartinet
•         Humprhey Nabimanya, Team Leader/Founder, Reach a Hand Uganda
•         Helena Nangombe, Advocates for Youth
•         Mary Ndandi, Global Give Back Circle
•         Boaz Paldi, Acting Chief, News and Media, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
•         Diah S. Saminarsih, Assistant President's Special Envoy on MDGs, Office of President's Special Envoy on MDGs, Republic of Indonesia
•         Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver
•         Aaron Sherinian, Vice President for Communications and Public Relations, United Nations Foundation
•         Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE CARE Solar
•         Deborah Van Dyke, Director, Global Health Media Project
 
This year’s Social Good Summit, taking place from 22-24 September, will invite world leaders, grassroots activists and technologists to address the challenges of today and provide long-term solutions.  Its theme will be #2030NOW.

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+Social Good is a global community of innovators, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders united around a shared vision: Leveraging the power of technology and new media to make the world a better place. Through a dynamic mix of online connections and real-world events, +SocialGood will provide a place where connectors can collaborate, share best practices, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action. To learn more about the partners, please visit: Mashable, 92nd Street Y, United Nations Foundation, UN Development Programme, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Case Foundation.

About Women Deliver: Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization that brings together voices from around the world to call for improved health and well being for girls and women. Launched in 2007, Women Deliver works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal #5 — to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Building from the groundbreaking conferences Women Deliver convened in 2007 and 2010, Women Deliver harnesses commitments, partnerships, and networks to help prevent the approximately 350,000 deaths of girls and women from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes that occur every year. Women Deliver’s message is that maternal health is both a human right and a practical necessity for sustainable development. Invest in women—it pays. For more information, visit our website.