31 May 2019

EWEC Guide to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference (3-6 June 2019)

This year’s Women Deliver 2019 (WD2019) Conference themed – through the lens of “Power. Progress. Change.” was informed by the report of the ‘Listening Tour’, which was embarked upon to inform the WD2019 program. The conference will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. From keynotes, to social enterprise pitches, workshops to film festivals, there will be countless opportunities to engage, gather inspiration and build a more gender equal world. With over 6,000 delegates attending, speakers will include, world leaders, influencers, innovators and change-makers, that have engaging dialogue in order to drive the agenda forward.

Many Principals of the High-level Steering Group (HLSG) for EWEC will be championing EWEC in their engagements next week including H.E. President Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland and Alternate Co-Chair of the HLSG, and Ms. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International and a member of the HLSG.

WD2019 is set to examine power operating at three levels and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change. At the heart of gender equality is the right to power over one’s future, and global movement for progress resides in the power of change. Therefore, sustainable progress can be achieved when girls and women are empowered because ‘power’ can transform lives, change the world and power real, sustainable progress.

The Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy recognizes the critical role of gender equality for women and girls to make informed choices about their health. Improvements and investments in Primary Health Care (PHC) as part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) provide an enabling environment of gender equality, which is linked to positive health and broader societal outcomes. When women and girls have access to the essential package of sexual and reproductive health services, they are poised to thrive, and there is at least a 10-fold return on investments. In addition, when women and girls are empowered through investments in their development, especially in humanitarian settings, they transform as individuals and are able to transform their environments economically, socially and politically. 

The WD2019 events cover topics centered around the health, rights and development of women and girls, including in humanitarian settings, in order to ensure a more gender equal world. Some areas of focus for EWEC’s engagements include: 

  • The relationship between gender equality and women’s empowerment, and improved health and development outcomes;
  • The power of collaboration in driving global changes;
  • A gender-based approach to humanitarian aid addressing power imbalances;
  • Financing for SRHR;
  • Financial and social accountability;
  • Elimination of cervical cancer;
  • Advocacy to drive change for adolescent and gender equality;
  • Innovative approaches to achieve UHC by 2030; and
  • The value of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships.

All areas are centered around achieving UHC through quality and equitable PHC including SRHR, with a focus on women and girls everywhere, especially those in humanitarian settings.  

Find here a list of events in which the Principals of the High-level Steering Group for EWEC will be engaged in, as well as events hosted by members of the EWEC ecosystem, including H6 UN Agencies, GFF and PMNCH.

The full WD2019 programme can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you next week in-person and online!

How to join the conversation online?

  1. Check out EWEC’s Advocacy Toolkit for WD2019.
  2. Check out Women Deliver’s Social Media Toolkit here in Arabic, English, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

Photo Credit: Jon Warren/World Vision