In this episode, Julia speaks with leaders that are working to save the lives of mothers and babies at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen. Women Deliver 2016 was the largest gathering of the decade focusing on women’s rights, health and well-being.

Julia has an intimate conversation with Denise Dunning, Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up. Denise shares the story of the birth of her third child – an experience that didn’t go as planned – and the experiences of women she knows around the world, who haven’t been as lucky as her. Denise talks about the importance of raising the voices of women and girls, and what Rise Up does to strengthen the rights and health of women and girls worldwide.

“I think that sharing stories and sharing my own story can be a source of power. I’ve seen that in the girls and women that we work with. Enabling them to amplify their voices and to share their stories helps people to understand that despite the incredible challenges and obstacles they face, they are not victims. These girls and women have incredible power and the ability to create change.”

Denise Dunning, Rise Up

One critical component to saving the lives of mothers and babies is ensuring that innovations and proven methods of success can be scaled to reach more communities around the world. Julia spoke to panelists from “Scaling Innovations to Save the Lives of Mothers and Babies” – an event at Women Deliver 2016 by Every Woman Every Child, Concern Worldwide, Maternity Foundation, MSD for Mothers, Philips, Grand Challenges Canada and PATH. The one-hour event was a fast-paced discussion with innovators, investors and corporate and government leaders on what’s needed to move innovations from the pipeline to the frontlines to save more women and babies.

“My goal is to create a world where no woman dies giving life.”

Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, MSD for Mothers

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