“Power. Progress. Change.” Advancing Debate on Gender Equality

Women Deliver 2019 Conference, world’s largest conference on gender equality and health, rights, and well-being of girls and women will take place from 3rd to 6th June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. From keynotes to social enterprise pitches, workshops to film festivals, it will give countless opportunities to engage, gather inspiration, and build a more gender equal world.

A place to be, set and consolidate sustainable networks on gender equality

The triennial Women Deliver Global Conference presents new knowledge, promotes world-class solutions, and engages a broad spectrum of voices. It focuses on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

Serving as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world, the Women Deliver Conference gives many opportunities to engage in dialogue, make their voices heard and advocate at their best. This incudes the yearly scholarships for people from less developped countries, media scholarship for journalists from every part of the world, and distinguished support to young advocates around the world.

A meeting point for gender equality advocates, diversity champions and more

Under the theme “Power. Progress. Change.”, the 2019 edition of the conference will bring together top world-class gender equality advocates, including The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, many heads of UN agencies,Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Gender Equality Advocate and Deliver for Good Influencer, Helle Thorning Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and CEO of Save the Children, as well as civil society leaders, unsung community change-makers and other influencers.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Women Deliver 2019 Conference announcement

Apart from this, the conference’s organisers emphasise on the role of youth in leading the way on gender equality. They support youth-led events held in countries taccross Africa, Asia and Europe to highlight the need for change and how it can happen. These multi-generational help to  build a drumbeat of gender equality advocacy across the globe in the lead-up to the conference. As the President/CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen said ,

“Young people are not only leaders of tomorrow, they are leading today. Their choices, needs, and opportunities to influence will define the world. That’s why is so important for us to listen, learn, and engage them in the conference development”.

A continuous and global commitment on gender issues

Over the yearly conference, Women Deliver‘s global advocacy lays on several programs among which the Young Leaders Program, aiming at training, elevating, and empowering youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

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Credit: womendeliver.org

These young leaders are supported with small grants and a technical support. That have led them organizing since 2014, over 390 meetings with decision-makers, engaging directly over 150 000 individuals and reaching directly over 2.1M individuals across the globe.

Furthermore, with the aim to continuously advance the dialogue and spread the word, the Deliver for Good Global Campaign has been set with twelve investments in Girls and Women: Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition , Contraception and Reproductive HealthSexual Health and RightsComprehensive Health ServicesGender-Based Violence and Harmful PracticesEquitable and Quality EducationEconomic EmpowermentPolitical ParticipationAccess to ResourcesClimate ChangeData and AccountabilityFinancing and Partnerships.

Gender equality defenders willing to support the campaign can engage through the main campaign page, spread the word on social media using Hashtags: #WD2019  #DeliverForGood  #ThePowerOf.

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