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Dear Friend,

Three years ago, White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) made history by launching the global What Women Want campaign, asking 1.2 million women and girls what quality healthcare meant to them. 

Today, WRA is proud to announce the debut of a unique, interactive tool that allows anyone, anywhere, the opportunity to hear directly from the women and girls who responded, in their own words.

The What Women Want Interactive Dashboard allows for a truly unparalleled level of access into women’s demands by connecting women’s voices with the almost infinite possibilities of digital analysis.

The Dashboard was not easy to create, but it was necessary to achieve our goal of ensuring that the women and girls who bravely shared their thoughts, opinions and demands with the What Women Want campaign would be counted and their words taken into account when policies were being made that would impact them directly. 

We’ve asked, we’ve listened and now we’re excited to act – with all of you – in delivering on these demands to make sure that what women want, is what women get.

In Solidarity,

Angel Katusia (left)
Senior Communications Manager
WRA Kenya

Diana Copeland (right)
Senior Communications Officer
WRA Global

Headshot of White Ribbon Alliance Pakistan National Coordinator, Rafia Rauf.
Global Count Social Justice Day Photo

Power in Numbers, Power in Words: What Women Want Dashboard Debut

WRA hosted an event at NGO CSW65 where we unveiled a new digital dashboard detailing every woman’s request in her own words. The event showcased how What Women Want demands can be used to advance larger gender equality and feminist agendas and illustrated how women’s grassroots voices are moving the needle on priority issues.

Catch the recording…

Calling for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is top of mind for women and girls as a top demand in the What Women Want campaign in Nigeria. In honor of World Water Day, WRA Nigeria’s Tariah Adams shared her take on the needed action to address WASH issues in Nigeria, which are intimately linked to women's health, with Defeat DD in a new blog post.

Read the blog...

  • Safe Water­­ — It’s What Women Want: In a CNN opinion piece, Rt Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Lauren Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica, call for improved water, sanitation and hygiene to advance gender equality.
  • Self-Care Solutions: “Listen in” to find out what the Self-Care Trailblazer Group learned about how self-care can advance gender equality, featuring WRA Nigeria’s Christy Asala and Tariah Adams.
  • What Women Want Demands Spur Action: What Women Want demands in Uganda, especially for safe blood, helped inform the launch of the country’s new Postpartum Intervention Framework to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal Mortality due to postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Dive, Dance, Commune, Pray: How Health Workers Cope in a Year of Pandemic: NPR’s Goats and Soda featured WRA Mexico’s Ofelia Perez­­­, an indigenous midwife who continues to “deliver” in a pandemic, despite a lack of personal protective equipment.
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In collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, WRA Uganda brought together key stakeholders to launch the Health Sector Integrated Refugee Response Plan (HSIRRP). The HSIRRP integrates the health response for refugees and host communities to ensure equitable access to quality services and to foster a resilient health system.

The Value of Water to Women
On March 22nd, WRA advocates around the globe marked World Water Day by calling on decision-makers to listen and act on women's demands for water, sanitation and hygiene. 

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