Africa to host biggest event on women's rights and health in 2023 – Women Deliver

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Africa to host biggest event on women’s rights and health in 2023

By UN News | 18 November 2021

NEW YORK, 18 November 2021 (UN News) | The capital of Rwanda, Kigali, will host the biggest global event on gender equality from July 17th to 20th, 2023. The announcement of the Women Deliver Conference takes place this Thursday in a virtual meeting with more than 2,000 activists.

The United Nations participates with a focus on the rights, health and well-being of women and girls through the World Health Organization, WHO, and the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.

Identity

The Chair of the Women Deliver Conference is the former head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The goal is to mobilize to overcome barriers, challenges and identify opportunities to promote gender equality.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights will be highlighted at the conference as will gender diversity and identities.

The first thematic congress held in Africa is expected to bring together thousands of leaders from fields such as civil society, governments, the private sector and international agencies, as well as youth-led entities.

Progress

Delegations from populations considered to be underrepresented in low- and middle-income countries will help identify solutions and drive progress towards gender equality.

The event organizers hope that over 6,000 activists from over 165 countries will be at the venue. At least 200,000 participants from around the world will join the virtual programming.

The latest edition of the Women Deliver Conference was held in 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. The meeting was considered one of the most impactful and influential on gender equality in the world.

The event that generated $1 billion in global investments highlighted the importance of the issue.

Generation Equality Forum

The 2023 edition is intended to be “a crucial political moment” and an opportunity to take stock and accountability in relation to the objectives defined at the United Nations Generation Equality Forum.

In addition to UN agencies, the group of entities expected to participate in the conference includes government leaders, the Coalition of Feminist Movements, and areas such as civil society, philanthropy, media, the private sector and youth.

To read this press release in Portuguese click here.