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Katja Iversen
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Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development. Iversen has worked in global health for more than a decade and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities and global media. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication. She is a health adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the CSO consultative group to the World Bank.

Entries by Katja Iversen

Girls & Women Were Not Left Out in the Cold in Davos

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 9:12 PM

What do Bono, Melinda Gates, Kevin Spacey, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Women Deliver all have in common? Normally I'd say 'not much', but two weeks ago week we were all in Davos, where the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting brought together the rich and...

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An End of Year Toast to Girls and Women - a Force to be Reckoned With

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 12:06 PM

What? December already! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year can fly by. But the calendar says: 'holiday-blog'and calendars typically don't lie.

So going the normal route, this is where I would sit down and write a blog that looks back, takes stock, highlights the great things...

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It's Time to Bring Gestational Diabetes Out of the Shadows and Into Maternity Care

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 2:23 PM

The bad news: Diabetes in pregnancy is a serious - and often undiagnosed - complication that puts millions of women and babies at risk of death and lifelong illness. The good news: This week, FIGO (the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics) took a critical step to bring diabetes out...

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Time to Make the New Sustainable Development Goals Matter Most for Girls and Women

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where no baby is born with HIV, where every girl is able to attend school and get a quality education, and where everybody--and that includes girls and women --can fulfill their potential and help accelerate progress for all. That world is...

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Dear G7, it's Time to Put Girls and Women at the Top of Your Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:19 PM

The Ebola outbreak has served as a prolonged and revealing stress test, exposing countries' deep vulnerabilities well beyond the disease response. In particular, Ebola's relentless and disproportionate toll on girls and women has highlighted how precarious their health and rights are worldwide -- and how much work will remain even...

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Women Deliver Statement for the Commission on Population and Development (CPD48)

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Statement submitted by Women Deliver, and accepted and included as an official statement at the Comission on Population and Development

Invest in girls and women: everybody wins

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where no baby is born with HIV, where every...

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Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:41 AM

I am an optimist. Some would say I am a naïve optimist. Others would say I am an impatient optimist. There may be some truth to this, but after more than a decade working in global health I can say with confidence that over the next 10 years we will...

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The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:11 PM

The holidays are upon us, and with that an opportune time to reflect on what we have, what we want, what has happened over the past year, and what will come in the next.

2014 was, in many ways, a good year for those advocating for the health, rights...

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We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released an advance copy of his synthesis report on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the road ahead for development efforts in the post-2015 era. We at Women Deliver welcome this report and its call to action to leave no...

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Meet The Men Who Are Saying 'No' To Violence Against Women

(6) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Gender-based violence can take many forms and have different names. Rape, domestic violence, female genital cutting, sex selection, child marriage, sexual harassment, trafficking -- the commonality here is that the impact extends far beyond the individual. This is not a woman's problem; it is a societal and a human rights...

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Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Here, a couple of days after the...

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Global Gender Gap Index Shows Need for More Investment in Women and Girls

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:32 PM

By: Katja Iversen and Whitney Sogol, Women Deliver

With the World Economic Forum's (WEF) new release of the 9th edition of the Global Gender Gap Index, the world has more hard data than ever before to support the claim that investing in girls and women is a win...

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Women Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Crisis Must Be Central to the Solution

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Medical authorities worldwide are struggling to contain the deadly Ebola virus wherever it breaks out, but one reality in the countries most affected is not receiving adequate attention. The outbreak is affecting girls and women more than boys and men - those who are infected as well as those who...

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We Asked and You Delivered: Inspiring Actions #SinceWD2013

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:58 PM

By: Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen, Women Deliver

As the Women Deliver 2013 Conference came to a close last May, we called on our participants to take one great idea they heard during our conference and turn that idea into an inspired action. By making this...

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When You Invest In Girls and Women, Everybody Wins

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:27 PM

After she got married, she had to drop out of 7th grade.

This is the beginning of a story I heard at the +SocialGood event last month from Miriam Enerstrida, a young woman who escaped child marriage in Zambia. When she was in 7th grade, Miriam was sold into marriage....

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Working Hard to Get the World We Want: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights After 2015

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where unwanted pregnancies are a thing of the past, where every girl is able to attend school and receive a quality education, and where everybody -- including girls and women -- can exercise their rights and have the opportunity to fulfill...

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Young People: Our Present and Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:29 AM

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More than a dozen of Women Deliver's Young Leaders attended the PMNCH Partners' Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nelson Mandela once said: "Whenever I am with young people, I feel like a recharged battery." I couldn't agree more, after having spent...

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Women Deliver: Stand by Our Girls

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:58 PM

One month ago, terrorists took more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from their families. Since then, the global community has rallied together to call on our governments to bring them home. This outpouring of support for the girls and their families is truly remarkable. Every tweet, every blog post and every...

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