Women Deliver 2013: taking a gender lens to the new global health and development agenda

Catherine R Bateman-Steel
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10890
Published online: 16 December 2013

Investment in women is central to future development

Global health is entering a critical period as the international development agenda for the next 15 years is being negotiated. In 2000, 189 countries agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve the wellbeing of the world’s poorest people. The 2015 deadline for the MDGs is rapidly approaching, prompting intense global discussion about the next phase. May 2013 was a particularly significant month for women’s health, with the third Women Deliver conference (WD2013) in Kuala Lumpur and the release of an eagerly awaited United Nations report outlining possible post-2015 directions.1

  • Catherine R Bateman-Steel

  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.



My attendance at WD2013 was funded by the University of New South Wales Career Advancement Fund.

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