From Women’s Marches across the globe harnessing a powerful energy, to the #MeToo movement holding the powerful accountable, to youth movements driving legislative and cultural change – the world is currently witnessing incredible movements for gender equality. This is not without backlash from some of those who wield power.

Women Deliver embarked on an extensive global Listening Tour from September 2017 to January 2018 to better understand the world today for girls and women.

The Listening Tour had three key goals:

  • Connect with individuals and organizations from a wide range of sectors and geographies, and hear perspectives from all over the world.
  • Better understand the global landscape – trends, opportunities, and challenges – facing girls and women today.
  • Help inform our overall policy and advocacy work and the shape of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women to take place in Vancouver, Canada 3-6 June 2019.

The Listening Tour yielded insight from global, regional, country, and community civil society leaders; policymakers; private sector representatives; women and women’s groups; as well as young people from around the world.

This undertaking was a first for Women Deliver. We listened to women, men, and girls leading change in rural villages, capital cities, and everywhere in between. The Listening Tour was an invaluable and humbling learning experience, and revealed new insights into how people and organizations are working every day to better the lives of girls and women, and gain insights from people not working regularly in this field.

The Listening Tour consisted of both in-person, in-depth group and individual interviews across a variety of sectors, and of an online survey to reach as many individuals as possible. The high level of interest and engagement was tremendously exciting, with participation from: