Reflecting on today's programming, we are so inspired by the strength and passion of the 8,000+ people joining us in Vancouver. Today was jam-packed with thoughtful discussions around the role of men and fathers in unpaid care work, the impacts of the Global Gag Rule, and the power of stories, inclusion, and art in driving gender equality forward (to name a few!).

Below: A recap of the highlights of the day!  

Highlights from Today
Plenary: The Power of Stories
Today's plenary session,The Power of Stories, explored identity, autonomy, bodily integrity, pleasure, sexuality, and choice.The UN's Kate Gilmore opened the event, and we heard from SheDecides Youth Champion Jona Turalde, Reproductive Health Network Kenya's Nelly Munyasia, SlutWalk's Heather Jarvis, and others.

You can watch the full plenary session on Women Deliver's Facebook page

Check out these inspiring short talks featuring changemakers from around the globe. Today we focused on the power of personal stories from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Ambassador Josephine Nabukenya, National Forum of Women with Disabilities' Abia Akram, and others.

Culture Nights are a longstanding tradition at Women Deliver Conferences. Tonight we celebrated our diversity and our host country Canada with live music, food, art, and cultural exchange.

“Change doesn’t just happen when you speak truth to power. It happens when you change what power looks like.” 

 - Emi Mahmoud, slam poet, activist, and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Spotlight on Satellite Events

Keep the global dialogue around WD2019 going even after the conference! More than 82,000 individuals are engaged in over 185 events across the globe.

Check out other Satellite Events near you or consider hosting your own! 

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 June
From the "Bairro" to Work

A learning event that brought together public sector, private sector, and civil society stakeholders to exchange ideas on how to enable more young and vulnerable women to access income earning opportunities and on how to measure the impact of such interventions. 

San Salvador, El Salvador, 6 June
Girls Analyzing the Implementation of SDG

20 girls from different communities will discuss the implementation of SDG 5 “Gender Equality” in front of members of national institutions and will talk about the Campaign Girls Get Equal, which focuses on girls around the world and how they can influence decisions.

Kenya’s president sets target to end FGM by 2022BMJ
At WD2019 President Kenyatta promised to work towards empowering women in Kenya by making secondary education compulsory for all children.

US global gag rule abortion policy 'killing women': IWHCAl Jazeera
Report highlights 'devastating impact' of Trump's reinstatement of ban on foreign aid to groups that discuss abortion.

To close gap in unpaid care work, a new call to action asks men to do moredevex
Men would need to contribute an additional 50 minutes every day to caring for children and households to make a leap toward achieving gender equality in unpaid care.

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