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Every Woman Every Child

Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, the UN, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents. The main objective of Every Woman Every Child is to end all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation, and ensure that they thrive within a lifetime.

The initiative puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy) through its three pillars: survive (end preventable deaths), thrive (ensure health and well-being) and transform (expand enabling environments). The Global Strategy is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes in particular on SDG 3 (“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”) through its Survive elements. Additionally, targets under the Global Strategy’s Thrive and the Transform elements pertain to eradicating extreme poverty (SDG 1), improved nutrition (SDG 2), ensuring quality education for all boys and girls (SDG 4), ending harmful practises, violence and discrimination against women (SDG 5), ensuring safe drinking water for all and sanitation services (SDG 6), providing a legal identity for all (SDG 16) and enhancing the global partnership for sustainable development (SDG 17).

The Every Woman Every Child initiative is advanced by leaders worldwide and brings together partners within governments, philanthropy, the private sector, civil society, health-care workers and other relevant partners around the world. It is coordinated by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General that works to ensure continued support for the Global Strategy at the highest levels.

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