Power. Progress. Change.
3-6 June 2019 • Vancouver, Canada
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Program at a Glance

Women Deliver conferences are world-renowned convenings focused on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing 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.

  • Main Stage

    Main Stage

    World leaders, influencers, innovators, and change-makers, make each main stage plenary session memorable and provocative. Women Deliver plenaries are not about speeches and presentations—they’re about engaging dialogue that drives the agenda forward.

  • Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

    Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

    Moderated discussions and interactive workshops allow participants to delve into key solutions and impact, with expert panelists sharing experiences, opinions, and insights. Attendees will leave each concurrent session feeling energized by the solutions discussed. New for 2019! Hone your advocacy chops at skills-building sessions.

  • Culture Night

    Culture Night

    A very special evening of immersive culture, dialogue, and entertainment. Culture nights are a longstanding tradition at Women Deliver Conferences and a beautiful way to showcase our host country. A time for you to meet Canada and for Canada to meet you!

  • Appy Hour

    Appy Hour

    At this lively mixer, experience first-hand 10 mobile apps with the potential to change the world for girls and women. Attendees travel from table to table to see the apps in action and decide which could be the most transformative.

  • Fueling Station

    Fueling Station

    An exhibition hall unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! Refuel with lunch, electronic charging stations, and coffee breaks. Explore the various stages, displays, and 300+ booths. Re-energize with new ideas, new research, and new connections.

  • Film Festival

    A creative and innovative space for showcasing outstanding films, conversations with directors, and live performance art such as spoken word. Three days of screenings and performances will add another dimension of inspiration to your conference experience.

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  • Youth Zone

    Youth Zone

    The heart of the Fueling Station – this physical space is dedicated to all young people at WD2019. The Youth Zone will be a bustling central hub to challenge the status quo through intergenerational dialogue and idea-sharing.

  • Social Enterprise Pitch

    Social Enterprise Pitch

    A live competition featuring 10 outstanding social entrepreneurs, who will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of experts that their product or idea has potential to transform the lives of girls and women. Three winners will receive a cash prize that can be used to scale up their mission-driven business.

  • Speakers' Power Station

    Speakers' Power Station

    New for 2019! A series of informative, punctuated, TED-Talk style presentations that participants help “power” by riding stationary bicycles. Each session will be no more than 10 minutes long, including Q&A.

  • Digital Poster Session

    New for 2019! An opportunity to share development solutions with an international audience. Electronic posters will be on display in the exhibit hall throughout the conference and will change each day, selected by crowdsource voting through the WD2019 app.

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  • Pre-Conferences

    Pre-Conferences

    Highly interactive, these by-invitation-only events will provide participants with many opportunities to exchange best practices and coordinate world-changing initiatives. Pre-Conferences to date include Youth, Ministerial, Parlimentarian, Private-Sector, Midwives, Generation Now (in partnership with IAS), and more.

  • Pre-Conference Courses

    Pre-Conference Courses

    Take advantage of our online communications and advocacy courses available in early 2019. Hone the skills needed to advocate for girls and women and learn how to get the most out of attending WD2019.

  • Virtual Conference: WDLive

    Virtual Conference: WDLive

    The virtual conference will take the Women Deliver 2019 Conference outside of Vancouver and onto screens across the globe. It’s not only about tuning in; our virtual audience will also have the opportunity to shape and contribute to an engaging online program.

  • Satellite Sessions

    Satellite sessions and viewing parties will take place in communities around the world leading up to, during, and after the conference to foster a deep dive into the issues related to girls and women. Organized by NGOs, universities, and corporations alike, these sessions add to the richness and reach of the conference.

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How is the Women Deliver 2019 Conference program developed?

From September 2017 – January 2018 Women Deliver embarked on a global listening tour to gather ideas and suggestions for WD2019. We heard from over 1,500 individuals through online surveys and in-person interviews and are using those ideas to inform and assist in program development for WD2019. We’re also continuing to work with our Advisory Group and experts across the globe to develop the program and identify speakers. Together, we’re planning a robust and dynamic partner-driven event that will inspire action for girls and women.

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