Women Deliver 2019 Conference
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is proud to have been chosen as the host country for the global Women Deliver Conference, which will bring over 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists from more than 150 countries to Vancouver 3-6 June 2019.
Joined by Women Deliver’s President/CEO Katja Iversen, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef, and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Trudeau symbolically made the announcement in front of the Women are Persons!’ monument on the grounds of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“Prioritizing the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women is not optional, but in fact, foundational to drive change and progress for all, and this is reflected in our new feminist foreign policy,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “Canada is proud to host the next Women Deliver Conference as a global convener to bring us all further in advancing human rights for women.”
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest of its kind – will present new knowledge, promote solutions, and serve as a fueling station for accelerating action, including policy changes and investments, for the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women and achieving a more equal world.
This conference will come at a time when support for the empowerment of girls and women is more critical than ever in order to maintain and increase the gains in health, education, and economic participation of women, as well as close the existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care services hat advances gender equality for women and girls in the developing world.
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will engage a broad spectrum of voices, including indigenous populations, youth, and those impacted by conflict, with an additional 100,000 participants anticipated to be joining virtually. It will continue the momentum generated at Women Deliver 2016, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. That conference – one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – was attended by nearly 6,000 people from 169 countries. The conference presented more than 100 solutions to improve the lives of girls and women, and spurred action across the globe.
“Canada’s goal is to empower women and girls in every sense of the term because we know this will ultimately change the world for the better,” said Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “That is why our new, and Canada’s first, feminist international assistance policy places the rights of women and girls at its heart.”
The world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will focus on power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change.
- At the heart of gender equality lies the right to power over one’s self and one’s future.
- At the heart of the calls for structural change lies the need for a more power balanced and equal world.
- At the heart of global movements for progress lies the power of many, the power of people, the power of change.
- Empowerment of girls and women benefits everyone; it can transform lives, change the world and power real, sustainable progress.
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference – through the lens of “Power. Progress. Change.” – will examine power operating at three levels:
THE INDIVIDUAL’S POWER
WD2019 will examine girls’ and women’s individual power, self-esteem and agency. And how to strengthen it.
WD2019 will explore and challenge systems, barriers, and opportunities for progress in power relations, including political, economic, and social structures.
THE POWER OF MOVEMENTS
WD2019 will dive into the power of movements, and how we can shape critical consciousness and marshal collective action for change.
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