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Mitchell makes top 100 working for women

Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell has been named one of the top 100 people getting results for women and girls worldwide.

Women Deliver, a global campaign group fighting to improve the lives of women and girls, launched its  first "Women Deliver 100" list to mark the 100th International Women's Day next week.

The list names the 100 most inspiring people getting real results for the world's women and girls.

In it, Women Deliver calls Andrew Mitchell as a creator of 'Europe’s progressive, woman-centred aid policy,' who has made sure that 'women in the developing world are at the centre of European foreign assistance agendas”.

I am flattered to be included,” the Secretary of State said. “Girls and women are at the forefront of the UK Government’s work to tackle poverty in the world’s poorest countries”.

It is indefensible in the 21st century that for so many women, pregnancy and childbirth should represent a death sentence or at least, a morbid lottery. Each year, more than one third of a million women and girls die in pregnancy or childbirth and some 50 million give birth without skilled care

Our plans will save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 newborn babies by 2015.

Britain's Department of International Development said it is putting women at the heart of its aid efforts, helping them make choices about when and how many children to have.

Across the world, 215 million women who want to delay getting pregnant can't get hold of birth control that works. Over the next four years  the department says the UK will help at least ten million more of these women get access to modern methods of family planning and prevent more than five million unintended pregnancies.

The people on the 100 list feature some of the most committed, and results-driven people in the world. Others listed are human rights activists, scientists who have developed life-changing technologies for women and midwives who save the lives of women and babies.

"Activists, doctors, journalists, teachers, business women, politicians: the women and men on this list do more than inspire. They change lives for the better, they create, they innovate and they fight for more fair, more inclusive, more fulfilled societies," said Graca Machel, a political heavyweight from Mozambique, who herself is listed. "Their achievements reinforce my conviction that when women thrive, our world does too."

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