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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. This award aims to enable individuals and organizations to develop new and sustainable ways to empower women and girls around the world.  Two winners will be selected and each will receive a grant of up to $500,000.

Excerpt from the (6/14) USA Today blog post about the award:

“The award, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation for three years, is open to both men and women who are ‘working on innovative approaches to the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls around the globe,’ the award’s news release states. The prize? Two lucky recipients each year will receive a grant of up to $500,000 to help expand the scope of their idea…”

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Excerpt from the call for concept papers:

“The Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls seeks to find and bring to scale the most pioneering approaches to the political, economic and social empowerment of women and girls around the globe. Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the award is part of the State Department’s continuing emphasis on public-private partnerships, and is administered by its Office of Global Women’s Issues. The award, and the office, are founded on the premise that the major economic, security, governance and environmental challenges of our time cannot be solved without the full participation of women at all levels of society. The Rockefeller Foundation, as part of its mission to expand opportunity and promote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovative approaches that can be scaled to address these challenges…”

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Click here to view the video of the official launch of the award—with speeches by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Judith Rodin.

If you are interested, act now! Concept papers are due June 21st! Papers must be submitted to SGWIRFPInnovation@state.gov.

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An editorial published in the Globe and Mail on Monday calls on Canadians to “abandon posturing over funding abortion overseas,” and turn to a new focus for their plans to improve maternal health abroad: a new facility focused entirely on maternal and child health at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The idea is that this model would allow recipients of funds to decide on the interventions that work in their particular countries, in their specific social contexts.

The Globe and Mail

“…The recent political debate on maternal mortality has focused on unsafe abortions, but this is a distraction. Unsafe abortions do account for some of these pregnancy-related deaths and the reality of abortion services in Africa is a horror. But given that abortion is highly restricted for 90 per cent of Africans, and wholly illegal in 14 countries, the G8 would accomplish little by focusing on the issue. The bigger task – and one where the G8 can actually make a difference – is empowering women to have more control over their sexual lives, by increasing access to family planning and ensuring that pregnant women have access to care when they are ready to deliver…”

Read the full editorial, When it comes to maternal health, let Africans decide.

Be sure to take a look at the comments section of the editorial.

For more coverage of the G8/G20 in the Globe and Mail, click here.

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Tom Watson, author of  CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World, writes about ten technologies, both high and low tech, that are empowering women across the developing world—and several have the potential to directly improve maternal health.

The Daily Beast

Among the technologies Watson writes about are safe birthing kits with soap, a plastic sheet, a razor blade and string (pretty low-tech!); E-Learning to train and certify 20,000 nurses in Kenya by 2011; and text messaging/social networking platforms for communities to discuss and push for change on issues like female genital cutting and early marriage.

Read the full story, Technologies that Empower Women.

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