I know that listening can be hard. It can push us out of our comfort zone, challenge our beliefs, and make us see a world we’d rather pretend is not there.
But listening is also good. It can reveal what we are up against, sharpen our arguments, grow new allies, and provide us a solid foundation for moving forward.
Listening is the first step in dialogue, the prerequisite for creating understanding between different people and different groups – and for collaboration that can make the world a better place.
Women Deliver and I have spent a good deal of 2017 listening to hundreds of new and familiar voices. From world leaders and influencers; to researchers and thinkers; to young people and former young people; to people from various backgrounds, issues and sectors; civil society, private sector, and think tanks. And not least to girls and women in communities across the globe.
We’ve done it to inform our work, to make us better, to make sure our advocacy and activities stay sharp and hit the mark.
We’ve asked some very simple – yet big – questions: What does the world look like for girls and women right now? What are the trends, challenges, and opportunities in our field? What needs to be done? And what do we – Women Deliver – need to focus on, both in our work, and at the upcoming Women Deliver 2019 Conference?