Has it already been one year since the 2013 Women Deliver Conference? Where has the time gone?

Although it may seem as if the conference was only yesterday, a lot has happened over the past year.

The Girls’ Globe team meets for the first time at the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 2013 Women Deliver Conference was not only a remarkable occasion for various actors within the realm of international development to get together to discuss solutions and take action for women’s and girls’ well-being and health around the globe. This conference was the first time the Girls’ Globe team met face-to-face. It was at this place that the seed was planted for Girls’ Globe to grow into the youth-driven advocacy and communications organization that we are today. And since then, we’ve been active!

Since the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, the Girls’ Globe team has tirelessly advocated for the rights and health of women and girls around the world – and we are getting the world’s attention! In the past year alone, our website has been visited over 160,000 times, more than eight times the amount of views in our previous 16 months combined. What’s more exciting is that these website hits were not limited to one region but rather, included visits from every single country except two.

With 30 bloggers (and growing!) representing 16 countries and 4 continents, we are constantly adding fresh new faces and perspectives to our global team. However, we have not limited ourselves to sharing the voices of individuals. In the past year, we have brought a diverse group of women’s and girls’ organizations to the forefront as well. Our 22 featured organizations (and counting!) cover a range of international issues including but not limited to education, maternal and newborn health, gender equality, micro-credit, gender-based violence, WASH and leadership. We are proud to provide a digital space for these changemaking individuals and organizations to share their ideas, to be heard and to grow.

At the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, we were fortunate to partner with FHI 360 and Women Deliver to provide conference attendees and global followers alike live media updates, interviews, blogs, photographs, event summaries and more. Since then, the Girls’ Globe team has covered the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the 2013 United Nations General Assembly in New York City – each time bringing unique youth perspectives to conference coverage and thus, bridging the gap between youth and high-level decision makers. With several more conferences already awaiting Girls’ Globe coverage in 2014, we are excited to continue involving young people, and girls in particular, in the international conversation.

Our team of changemakers continuously advocates for the rights of women and girls across a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube and Google Plus. In the past year, we have raised awareness and initiated a call to action for women’s and girls’ rights by, among other ways, hosting Google Hangouts and co-hosting Twitter chats alongside influential organizations such as the International Justice Mission, Johnson & Johnson, UNFPA and WaterAid America. With our online subscribers and social media followers combined, our team has created a network with a digital reach of over 20,000 people.

At Girls’ Globe, we strive to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights, health and empowerment of women and girls. At our core, we believe that all women and girls should be free to live to their full potential, free from all forms of violence and discrimination. We believe that human rights are women’s and girls’ rights.

The Girls' Globe value statement
The Girls’ Globe value statement

We are constantly growing and connecting with changemaking and inspiring individuals and organizations. Do you want to make a difference for women and girls? Does your organization empower women and girls? Become a blogger or join our network and help change the world for the better.

We are thrilled to announce that Girls’ Globe will be attending the International Conference on Midwives (June 1 – June 5) and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum (June 30 – July 1). Keep up-to-date on all our conference coverage by signing up for our Daily Deliveries. Join the conversation online using #ICMLive and #PMNCHLive.

Thank you all for a fantastic year! We could not have done it without your support. We look forward to an even better future filled with stories of empowering women, inspiring girls, and unstoppable global advocacy.

Find out what others have been doing since the Women Deliver conference using #SinceWD2013!

Cover image: Girls’ Globe blogger Emma Saloranta asks a question to Melinda Gates at the 2013 Women Deliver conference

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