The Women Deliver 2016 Conference, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16-19 May 2016, was the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing in more than a decade, and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The focus of the conference was on how to implement the SDGs so they matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health – in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and on gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.

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Alongside the plenaries and concurrent sessions, many exciting special events took place during Women Deliver 2016.

Culture Night

A time when all Women Deliver Conference participants can experience the historic, beautiful, and world-renowned Tivoli Gardens in the center of Copenhagen. This is an opportunity for attendees to meet Denmark and for Denmark to meet you! Culture evenings are a longstanding tradition at Women Deliver conferences; In 2013 at our third global conference in Kuala Lumpur, attendees were treated to a traditional Malaysian street fair. Click here to learn more.

Speakers’ Corner 

The place to go to learn of new research, trends, and publications. Ten minutes talks followed by a question and answer period will give you a quick overview of what is happening in your field.  A Speakers’ Corner schedule will allow you to pick and choose or come for the morning or afternoon session. Click here to learn more.

Appy Hour 

An evening reception event with food and wine that demonstrated 10 innovative global health apps that benefit girls and women. This was an opportunity to learn firsthand how these apps are transforming education and training, monitoring and evaluation, and service delivery in international development. Sponsored by MSD for Mothers.

  • The Safe Delivery App
    Developed by The Maternity Foundation
    *Co-developed by University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark

    The Safe Delivery App aims to improve the quality of emergency obstetric and neonatal care and hereby strengthen health care workers skills and quality of care primarily in developing countries.
  • BVKit
    Developed by Her Health Uganda
    BVKit is a self test application for women made of hardware and software to help test for presence of Bacterial vaginosis a condition cause by having a lot of unhealthy bacteria in the vagina and doesn’t show any signs and symptoms. Bacterial Vaginosis if not treated leads to miscarriages during pregnancy, Pelvic Inflammatory disease and makes its patients susceptible to HIV and Human PapilomaVirus that causes cervical cancer.
  • CervDx
    Developed by MobileODT
    CervDx enables healthcare professionals to conduct cervical cancer screenings by adding and managing patient information, capturing and annotating images, and recording treatment decisions.
  • Dot
    Developed by Cycle Technologies
    Dot Period & Fertility Tracker identifies a woman’s conception risks each day, enabling her to prevent or plan pregnancy.
  • ePartogram
    Developed by Jhpiego
    ePartogram is a clinical decision-support tool designed to improve labor management practices in low-resource settings.
  • Lista
    Developed by Fundación Capital
    The LISTA tablet-based app provides female, rural CCT recipients in Latin America access useful information and home-based training
  • Love Matters
    Developed by RNW Media
    Love Matters is an online platforms in five languages delivering accessible SRHR information to young people in countries where it is taboo or censored.
  • mGirls
    Developed by Girls & Football SA
    mGirls provides 70,000 girls with free, daily access to health care information.
  • mHero
    Developed by IntraHealth International
    mHero is a platform that builds on existing health information and SMS systems to facilitate communication between health workers and Ministries of Health.
  • TTC App
    Developed by World Vision International
    TTC App is used by CHWs conducting TTC home visits to communicate and track health practices for maternal newborn and child health at the household level.

The Arts and Cinema Corner

Transformed a section of the conference into a creative and innovative space for showcasing outstanding films. In addition to film, we incorporated additional art forms, such as spoken word performers, as well as conversations with directors and producers in the daily schedule. The event included three days of screenings running and performances concurrent to the conference. Click here to learn more.

Career Fair 

A resource for individuals who want to learn more about working in the field of international development or make connections with potential employers. What better place than Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference where more than 2,000 organizations are attending. Sponsored by Management Sciences for Health, the career fair consisted of seminars and a career fair in the Exhibition Hall. New this year, the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs led a seminar on advanced degrees and internships.

Social Enterprise Challenge 

Alive competition featuring ten outstanding social entrepreneurs, who have ten minutes each to convince a panel of experts that their product or idea has great potential to transform “business as usual.” The format included a 10-minute social enterprise pitch, followed by a 5-minute period for questions, answers, and feedback from the judges. One of the presenters was to receive a “Global Solution Award,” a cash prize of $5,000 that can be used to implement or scale-up their social enterprise, but with such incredible innovations, the prize was slpit between three contestants. The enterprises included:

  • Acacias For All
    Sarah Toumi, Founder
    Combating desertification and dwindling water resources with holistic farming.
    Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia
  • Accountability Lab
    Ashmita Sharma, Resident for Integrity Idol Nepal
    Mentoring a new generation of active citizens to build accountability in their societies.
    Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, USA
  • ayzh
    Zubaida Bai, Founder and Chief Executive
    Developing affordable, appropriate health technologies by women for women in rural India.
    India
  • Bempu
    Mona Sharma, Head of Design & Customer Research
    Preventing infant deaths and illnesses with a simple and affordable temperature-monitoring band.
    Asia-Pacific, India
  • Biosense
    Reshma Suresh, Head of Operations
    Preventing anemia-related maternal and infant deathswith innovative screening and monitoring tools.
    Asia-Pacific, India
  • Gardens for Health
    Jessie Cronan, Executive Director
    Integrating agriculture with comprehensive health education to treat malnutrition.
    Africa, Rwanda
  • GreenChar
    Tom Osborn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Sequestering carbon and reducing deforestation with alternative household energy solutions.
    Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Kidogo
    Sheela Bowler, Chief Operations Officer
    Breaking the cycle of poverty in urban slums via micro-franchising, childcare, and education.
    Africa, Kenya
  • Koe Koe Tech
    Michael Lwin, Co-Founder and Managing Director
    Revolutionizing Myanmar’s data-deprived health sector with a national data network.
    Asia-Pacific, Burma, Myanmar
  • Medha
    Christopher Michael Turillo, Co-Founder
    Preparing India’s youth for post-graduate life with job training, leadership mentoring, and career services.
    India

Regional Caucuses 

Caucuses brought global action for women and girls to the local level. Caucus participants developed collective strategies to elevate girls and women as part of regional and national planning, implementation, and accountability for the SDGs.

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