Women’s Rights In Global Cartoons

Liza Donnelly – Forbes – Monday, 10 June 2013 (originally published 28 May)

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The global advocacy group, Women Deliver, is hosting its third conference, May 28-30, 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This conference brings together thousands of activists, world leaders, healthcare professionals, corporate leaders, NGOs and global media outlets from around the world to discuss how to help improve the lives of women and girls. For the event, I was honored to be invited to curate an exhibit of international cartoonist’s art on the subject of women’s rights. The artwork, gathered from cartoonists from 22 different countries, is also collected and published in a book, titled, “Women Deliver, The World Receives.” It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to invite my colleagues to submit their artwork on the subject of women and women’s rights. Cartoons can get at the heart of difficult and important subjects in ways that words often cannot. It takes a village, and the village usually has a cartoonist or two.

You can watch the proceedings of the conference streaming live by visiting the conference website, where you can also read about what is being presented and discussed. Like them on FB, or follow them and/or proceedings on twitter with #WDlive or #WD2013. On their website, the non-profit organization describes it’s mission as follows:

“We work globally to generate political commitment and resource investments to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Women Deliver builds on commitments, partnerships, and networks mobilized at the groundbreaking Women Deliver conferences in 2007 and 2010, fighting to end the deluge of preventable deaths that kill approximately 287,000 girls and women from pregnancy-related causes every year. Women Deliver’s message is that maternal health is both a human right and a practical necessity for sustainable development. We work to expand the community of partners dedicated to bettering the lives of girls and women. Our corporate forum brings together private sector representatives to collaborate on projects and solutions. We work with ministries of finance and health and global development experts to make the economic case for investing in girls and women. And, we look to the future by developing the skills of young advocates in developing countries through our workshops and online community” . . .

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