In August 2020, Women Deliver led an international survey, which we refer to as a Global Community Consultation (GCC), to gain insight into the most pressing issues for girls and women globally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on convenings, and how the Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) can catalyze collective action for gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
We are humbled by and grateful to the nearly 4,500 advocates — spanning 166 countries, generations, and sectors — who shared their thoughts and feedback to help us design the next Women Deliver Conference. Specifically, you called on us to:
Use Convening as an Advocacy Tool:
You overwhelmingly believe that WD2023 should act as a key policy moment, fueling station, and accountability mechanism following concrete commitments made around gender equality at international fora, including the Generation Equality Forum (GEF).
Advocates, including those representing women’s rights organizations and movements, youth-led and LGBTQIA+ organizations, and the intersectional identities of girls and women consistently called for co-creation, building accessible and inclusive spaces, power-sharing, and power-shifting in order to bolster advocate-centered programming.
Set Goals and Concentrate on Impact:
You want to see clear and quantifiable goals set ahead of WD2023 to support with monitoring impact, and called for greater accessibility, intersectionality, and inclusivity at all stages of the conceptualization, development, and execution of the Conference, including by expanding virtual programming.
Focus on Key Issues for Girls and Women:
You shared challenges, opportunities, and top priorities for improving the lives of girls and women and achieving gender equality, including advancing economic justice and rights and realizing SRHR.
Provide Space for Learning and Connection:
You identified your top priorities when attending the Conference, including learning new advocacy skills, adding a gender lens to your work, and building new connections with advocates and decision-makers.