Women Deliver—a global advocacy organization for women and maternal health—is offering scholarships to its third global conference, Women Deliver 2013. The conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 28 to 30, 2013. It will bring together more than 5,000 public- and private-sector participants from around the world, with the goal of mobilizing action, commitment, and investment to improve global reproductive health. According to Women Deliver, the scholarships aim to “maximize participation from those who are traditionally under-represented; namely, young people and those from the Global South.”
Women Deliver is offering both youth (applicants under 30 at the time of the conference) and regular scholarships (applicants aged 30 or over). The scholarships will include conference registration, round-trip economy-class airfare, hotel accommodations, and a stipend for visa fees and other expenses. Application for youth scholarships opened February 15, 2012, and regular scholarship application opens March 26. The deadline for both scholarships is April 15, 2012.
Women Deliver is an international organization that advocates for maternal health as “both a human right and a practical necessity for sustainable development.” Reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health were designated a Millennium Development Goal in 2000, but according to the United Nations, around 350,000 women and girls still die from pregnancy-related causes each year. And huge disparities in maternal health exist between developing and industrial countries: a woman’s maternal mortality risk in sub-Saharan Africa is 1 in 30, compared to 1 in 5,600 in developed regions.
Click here to find out how to apply for scholarships for the 2013 conference.