PRESS BRIEFING:What Women Want – 1.2 million women were brave enough to tell us, who is brave enough to listen?

May 24, 2019 | News

Join us as White Ribbon Alliance reveals the global results of its groundbreaking What Women Want campaign at Women Deliver. The largest ever survey into women’s opinion on their sexual and reproductive health needs, it is the authentic voice of 1.2 million women of all ages, from all walks of life, from around the world, collected by hundreds of dedicated activists and partners – and it couldn’t be more-timely.

What Women Want
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
2:15-3 p.m.
Women Deliver Vancouver Convention Center Press Conference Room – Meeting Room 121/122

Speakers include:

  • Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director Centre for Catalyzing Change & National Coordinator, WRA India where the campaign originated – co-chair of the campaign
  • Kristy Kade, Deputy Executive Director, White Ribbon Alliance – co-chair of the campaign
  • Mobilizers and participants from India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda

On April 11, 2018, International Day of Maternal Health and Rights, WRA’s Global Alliance set out to hear from 1 million women and girls worldwide about what they most needed for quality reproductive and maternal health- care services. Based on WRA India’s Hamara Swasthya, Hamari Awaz (Our Health, Our Voices), a campaign designed in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which mobilized more than 140,000 women the previous year and was already having a profound impact on women’s lives, White Ribbon Alliance galvanized 359 partners around the world, armed them with surveys in 17 languages, consent forms and guidelines for meaningful conversations so that every woman and girl who wanted to talk to us could have her voice heard.

In total, 1,197,006 women and girls from 114 countries raised their voices and told us what they want for reproductive and maternal healthcare. At times shocking, heart breaking and inspiring, their responses provide invaluable evidence for reproductive and maternal health policy makers, programmers and practitioners.