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The Women Deliver 2013 Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur concluded with a united call for continued investment in girls and women at a time when the world critically needs to prioritize girls and women in the lead up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline and beyond.

All speakers and panelists at the conference, billed as the biggest in the decade, addressed the importance of placing girls and women at the center of the next development agenda, discussing advocacy strategies to keep girls’ and women’s needs in focus by prioritizing gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women to make their own decisions on the lives they lead.

During the event, Indonesia was placed in the global spotlight (receiving both praise for its marginal progress and criticism for more than a decade of severe setbacks) on four areas — a stagnant family planning program, women’s and children’s health, youth and women’s empowerment and ineffective and complex legislation. Read the full article published in Jakarta Post, Wednesday June 12, 2013 here


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