In August 2020, Women Deliver led an international survey, which we refer to as a Global Community Consultation (GCC), to gain insight into the most pressing issues for girls and women globally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on convenings, and how the Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) can catalyze collective action for gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
We are humbled by and grateful to the nearly 4,500 advocates spanning 166 countries, generations, and sectors who shared their thoughts and feedback to help us design the next Women Deliver Conference. Specifically, you called on us to:
Use Convening as an Advocacy Tool: You overwhelmingly believe that WD2023 should act as a key policy moment, fueling station, and accountability mechanism following concrete commitments made around gender equality at international fora, including the Generation Equality Forum (GEF).
Center Advocates:Advocates, including those representing women’s rights organizations and movements, youth-led and LGBTQIA+ organizations, and the intersectional identities of girls and women consistently called forco-creation, building accessible and inclusive spaces, power-sharing, and power-shifting in order to bolster advocate-centered programming.
Set Goals and Concentrate on Impact:You want to see clear and quantifiable goals set ahead of WD2023 to support with monitoring impact, and called for greater accessibility, intersectionality, and inclusivity at all stages of the conceptualization, development, and execution of the Conference, including by expanding virtual programming.
Focus on Key Issues for Girls and Women:You shared challenges, opportunities, and top priorities for improving the lives of girls and women and achieving gender equality, including advancing economic justice and rights and realizing SRHR.
Provide Space for Learning and Connection:You identified your top priorities when attending the Conference, including learning new advocacy skills, adding a gender lens to your work, and building new connections with advocates and decision-makers.
>> Read the full report from Women Deliver's Global Community Consultation to learn more about key findings, next steps, and the commitments we've made to ensure that our global community can fully, effectively, and equitably participate in all of our convenings.
WD2023 will build on the invaluable learnings of the GCC and will adopt a greater focus on partnerships than ever before by building bridges between diverse actors and bringing country-level advocates’ perspectives to bare both in-person and virtually, every step of the way. Alongside global partners and the advocates we work with and for, we commit to:
1.In-person and digital programming that is accessible from around the globe.
2.A diverse Advisory Group that prioritizes co-creation and co-leadership in the development and execution of all Conference programming.
3.A streamlined and transparent application submission process, including full transparency around selection criteria.
4.100% of panels will include speakers from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and youth speakers.
5.60% of Conference organizers, speakers, and advisors will be from LMICs.
6.25% of WD2023 participants, including all 300 members of the current class of Women Deliver Young Leaders, will receive financial support.
7.Registration costs will be on a sliding scale, so youth and those from LMICs have reduced costs to participate.
8.All official programming will be accessible, including physical and digital spaces, by providing closed captioning, interpretation in three languages, and International Sign Language.
9.Accessibility services that include trauma informed specialists, child safeguarding support, and mental health specialists will be provided.
10.WD2023 will prioritize the themes of the GEF Action Coalitions and will create spaces at the next Conference to build on efforts started at GEF.