Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world. More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere.

The conference will present new knowledge, promote world-class solutions, and engage a broad spectrum of voices. It will focus on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

Join the Population Council at our events below:

  • SIDE EVENT: Family Planning – A Best Buy in Global Development
    Tuesday, June 4

    12:00 - 1:30pm
    Vancouver Convention Center West Meeting Room 208/209

    Join the Population Council, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a luncheon on the importance of family planning as a human right and "best buy" in sustainable development during the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Canada. This luncheon will explore the intersection of sexual and reproductive health, economic empowerment, and gender equality, as pathways to sustainable to development. Speakers include: Natalia Kanem, UNFPA, Julia Bunting, Population Council, Ib Petersen, Danish Special Representative for ICPD+25, and others.
    This event is by invitation only. Please contact pubinfo@popcouncil.org for details.
  • CONCURRENT SESSION: Changing Social Norms to Accelerate the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation
    Tuesday, June 4

    3:00 - 4:00pm
    Vancouver Convention Center Room 220
    Female Genital Mutilation, also called female genital cutting, is a reproductive health and human rights concern, with devastating impact on the lives of girls and women. Legal and policy reforms, national efforts and community engagement are helping to end this harmful practice. This session will share strategies from the social norm approach to accelerating FGM abandonment in four African countries: Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, and Senegal. Population Council's Jacinta Muteshi joins the event organized by Girls Not Brides, Tostan, UNFPA, and UNICEF.
  • SIDE EVENT: Designing, Delivering and Demonstrating Impact: Sexual and Reproductive Health Education for the Modern Girl
    Tuesday, June 4

    5:30 - 7:00pm
    Exchange Hotel Vancouver
    What are the best practices for adolescent sexual and reproductive health education? BRAC will host an offsite event featuring a strong and multi-sectoral panel of experts, including Population Council's Michelle Hindin, highlighting youth-friendly, empowerment-oriented and evidenced-based programs. A cocktail reception will follow.
  • SIDE EVENT: Strengthening Measurement for Evidence-based Policy in Community Maternal Health
    Monday, June 2

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    This interactive side event will convene the Population Council and partners in maternal health to explore successes, opportunities, and gaps in measuring community health worker performance. Real-world maternal health case studies will offer insight into how measurement of community health worker performance can strengthen maternal and newborn health care and identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen measurement for policy advocacy. Speakers include the Population Council’s Pooja Sripad, Sheela Maru from Possible and Jessica Beckerman from Muso.
3-6 June 2019