We are a proud sponsor of Women Deliver 2023 and are hard at work ensuring that our values of equity, self-reliance and dignity are reflected in conference programming.
While international delegates and representatives filled New York City to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), staff from The Hunger Project had the opportunity to attend an open house by Women Deliver, designed to build momentum for the upcoming three-day Women Deliver Conference 2023 (WD2023) in Kigali Rwanda in July 2023.
Women Deliver Conferences have become the largest gatherings focused on gender equality in the world. With an aim to advance gender equality and women’s sexual and reproductive rights, WD2023 will bring together thousands of stakeholders and decision-makers. The conference will be themed, “Spaces, Solidarity, and Solutions” to promote gender equality, feminist movements, and women’s empowerment.
The conference will also center on intersectional feminist principles to address issues impacting girls and women, including climate change, gender-based violence and unpaid care work to take collective action to build solutions to combat these. This aligns with our focus on combating gender inequality to end hunger. We look forward to meeting with global decision-makers, to continue the conversation on the intersectionality of gender equality and combating hunger through our sponsorship and participation.
The open house featured inspiring speeches from notable figures in civil society ahead of the 2023 conference. Participation included board members of Women Deliver; Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA; and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. All had the same message: advancing gender equality and mobilizing the youth.
Those in attendance were left hopeful and eager to catalyze the conversation on advancing gender equality globally.
WD2023 is targeting a greater focus on partnerships by bridging diverse actors and country-wide advocates to drive change like never before with the opportunity for in-person and virtual attendance. The conference organizers plan to gather over 6,000 advocates onsite and over 200,000 to participate virtually from diverse global communities.
Women Deliver is creating a space for women to create conversations about issues affecting them and an enabling environment for development and collaboration. One thing to note is how they have managed to bring together a diverse crowd, the old and the young together, a testament on how their work is impacting women around the world.
Debra Nhokwara, Global Communications Fellow
Women Deliver’s 2023 Conference comes at a key moment when the world faces another food crisis. For decades, we’ve recognized that ensuring women’s rights and leadership are the key to ending hunger. We are really looking forward to being with everyone in Kigali.
John Coonrod, Executive Vice President
It is exciting to see an emphasis on youth involvement and what we as youth can do to make a difference in our own communities in the fight for women’s rights and ending hunger.
Isabella Maddalone, Advocacy Communications Intern