New Delhi, Delhi, India:
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership: India-Yash project, led by Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins Affiliate celebrated International Women’s Day in New Delhi. The event witnessed representation from government officials, civil society actors, implementing partners under the ‘Yash’ ecosystem, start-ups, thematic experts, academia and project staff from the MOMENTUM project.
The event celebrated women changemakers across various programmatic interventions who are proactively contributing at individual, interpersonal and community level to advance gender equality agenda by felicitating them with certificates of appreciation. Thematic experts, community members and implementing partners came together to dive on issues related to promoting collaboration and allyship, pushing technology and innovation to promote gender equality, exploring implementation models to combat gender-based violence and protecting rights of adolescent girls post COVID era by prevention of Child, Early and Forced Marriage.
Celebrating the theme of embracing equity, the event concluded with renewed commitment towards mobilizing collective action towards advancing gender equality agenda along with the need to strengthen cross-cutting interlinkages across interventions being made by larger array of stakeholders and development partners.
On the occasion, Rekha Sharma, Chairperson National Commission for Women, Government of India stated, “Government of India remains determined to advance gender equity, eliminate crime against women and ensure better health outcomes for women and their communities. Today, several cross-cutting gender transforming policies and programs are in place to ensure women led development and effective access to essential services by all.”
USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator (Asia), Ms Anjali Kaur, commented saying, “By investing in suite of interventions, USAID is responding to gender-based violence, empowering adolescent girls, engaging men and boys to address gender norms and affirm its long-standing commitment towards promoting gender equity and equality, yielding sustainable development outcomes.”
On the occasion Dr. Somesh Kumar, Country Director, Jhpiego India highlighted, “International Women’s Day is not just about celebrating achievements of women, but it also marks a call to action towards accelerating gender equality and parity. By building bolder partnerships, focusing on community mobilization and advocating for innovative solutions, the MOMENTUM project aspires to ensure that young people can exercise their own voice; and live free from restrictive gender norms and violence.”
USAID is the U.S. Government’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and helps countries progress along their development journey. In India, USAID is collaborating with the country’s growing human and financial resources through partnerships that catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship to solve critical local and global development challenges. To learn more, visit www.usaid.gov/india
About USAID’s MOMENTUM
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MOMENTUM suite of awards works with governments, civil and private sectors, and other key partners to improve access to family planning and reproductive health services and make high-quality health care available to mothers and children so they can live healthy, productive lives. The MOMENTUM design builds on five decades of USAID programming and represents the agency’s most ambitious investment. This integrated design leverages USAID’s maternal, child health, and family planning programs to create more impactful and sustainable change.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership is part of the MOMENTUM suite of innovative awards and works in tandem with country governments and local nongovernmental organizations to provide targeted technical and capacity development assistance (TCDA) and contribute to the global technical leadership and policy dialogue on improving measurable outcomes for MNCH/FP/RH care.
Jhpiego is a nonprofit global health leader and Johns Hopkins University affiliate that saves lives, improves health and transforms futures. It is partnering with governments, health experts, the private sector, and local communities to revolutionize health care for the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Jhpiego began working in India in the 1980s, collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the Government of India (GoI), to strengthen reproductive health services. In 1992, Jhpiego was named a key partner in a five-year project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to strengthen reproductive health services in the largest state in India - Uttar Pradesh. Since 2006, Jhpiego has worked closely with the MoHFW, GoI to improve access to high-quality reproductive health, FP, and maternal and newborn health care services. Quality has been and continues to remain the cornerstone of every Jhpiego program.
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