What to expect at Women Deliver 2019

Discover all the education events you can't miss at Women Deliver 2019, the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

May 29, 2019 by GPE Secretariat
5 minutes read
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A student raises her hand in class at the Couronne Nord 1 Primary School in Niamey, Niger
Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

Tune in to the virtual conference to follow education events

Bringing together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, young people, researchers and leaders of corporate companies and civil society, Women Deliver is the world's largest gathering on gender equality.

This year's conference features diverse speakers such as Justin and Sophie Trudeau, Julia Gillard, Ziaudin Yousafzai and Tarana Burke who will join discussions around the theme o "Power. Progress. Change."

Since education is the foundation for gender equality, GPE will be very active at the conference, co-organizing four concurrent sessions as well as partnering with Malala Fund, Plan International, UNESCO and UNGEI to host the Education Hub, a space that will host conversations about the power of education. 

Below are some highlights from the conference's program.

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Monday, June 3

The power of data and accountability: Girls and women count, must be counted, and counted in

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Reliable, timely, and gender disaggregated data collection and management are critical tools to help citizens and advocates hold governments accountable. Achieving progress for girls and women – and thereby all – is dependent upon accurate, gender disaggregated data to fuel advocacy and guide interventions.

During this plenary, we will discuss and demonstrate the power of data, data disaggregation and evidence, just as we will explore how to measure commitments and hold governments accountable to their promises.

Speakers: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Julie Gichuru, Alison Holder, Julia Gillard, Gabriela Ramos, Jayathma Wickramanayake, Joy Phumaphi, Osvaldo Rudloff,  Aparajita Gogoi, Sahle-Work Zewde

Tuesday, June 4

Integration matters: Advancing the lives of girls and women through holistic programming

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Organized by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deliver for Good, Global Partnership for Education

The evidence is clear: investing in girls and women in one area has a ripple effect on others, for example investing in water and sanitation in schools may help girls stay in school longer, and learn more.

However, working together and integrating programs across sectors is not always easy. In this session, participants will engage in a facilitated dialogue to gain inspiration and proof of why integration is worthwhile, how to keep results for girls and women at the center of their work.

Speakers: Tricia Petruney, Tosin Akibu, Suzanne Ehlers, Beth Roberts, Alice Albright, Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Peter Sands

Powerful partnerships: What’s the recipe?

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Organized by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deliver for Good, Global Partnership for Education

If you are looking to leave Vancouver with a recipe for success to establish powerful cross-issue, cross-sector partnerships, this session is the place to be. This session offers insights from a range of partnerships with a focus on gender equality for girls and women, from the global to the local level, and features unique and unlikely partners.

Speakers: Gerda Verburg, Memory Zonde-Kachambwa, Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Abdoul Karim Dosso, Esnatt Gondwe, Aparajita Gogoi

Working together to end school-related gender-based violence

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Organized by PLAN International, Malala Fund, UNGEI, UNESCO

More than 246 million children around the world are subjected to gender-based violence in or around schools every year. This school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) includes bullying, verbal and sexual harassment, sexual abuse and corporal punishment.

SRGBV is deeply rooted in gender inequality, unequal power dynamics, and patriarchy and knows no geographical, cultural, social or economic boundaries. Learn from young people, teachers, advocates and policy makers about the latest approaches, tools and resources that are having positive results in preventing and responding to school-related gender-based violence.

Speakers: Rayne Fisher-Quann, Marie Antoinette Corr, Joanna Herat, Nora Fyles, Mohamed Sidibay, Angela Benedicto, Pamela Okoroigwe

Wednesday, June 5

Education in emergencies: Towards a coordinated global response for girls

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Organized by PLAN International, Malala Fund, UNGEI, UNESCO

In emergencies, girls are more likely than boys to be kept out of school. This session will bring together diverse voices working towards a future where all girls can learn, no matter their situation. Youth voices join local and international actors in the education space to discuss program, policy and finance solutions to give out-of-school children – particularly girls – the power to learn again.

Speakers: Fatu, Diya Nijhowne, Hiba Hamzi, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Lucia Fry

Keeping girls in school and learning... longer

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Organized by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, PLAN International, UNESCO

Many girls drop out after primary school or do not attend school at all for many reasons: poverty, conflict, social norms, child marriage, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, poor nutrition, menstrual hygiene management and poor school infrastructure - to name a few. This session will highlight the importance of gender-responsive education planning and explore ways to keep girls in school and learning, particularly as they transition to adolescence.

Speakers: Julia Gillard, Fatima Maada Bio, Jayathma Wickramanayake, Fatu

Comprehensive sexuality education: A powerful tool for improving girls’ health, education and gender equality

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Organized by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, PLAN International, UNESCO

When young people have access to good quality comprehensive sexuality education, and have family and community support to manage their sexual and reproductive health, they stay in school longer. This session will explore how we can break down the barriers that prevent girls from receiving this essential aspect of education. Participants will learn how innovative partnerships can deliver comprehensive sexuality education that meets young people’s needs.

Speakers: Aisha Ijaz, Aminata Wurie, Anna-Kay Magnus Watson, Monica Geingos, Joanna Herat

Thursday, June 6

No girl left behind: Creating inclusive education

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Organized by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, PLAN International, UNESCO

One in five children, adolescents and youth is out of school. Gender, poverty, ethnicity, disability and displacement are key reasons why. This session will look at who is excluded, how exclusion occurs, and what policies exist to support more young people staying in school and learning. Participants will learn about promising practices for inclusion so that no girl is left behind.

Speakers: Christina Milsom, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Erika, Angela Nakafeero, Pauline Rose

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Congratulations for having this initiative very much focused on girls´situation and education! This is wonderful! I will participate as much as possible in all sessions, all of the topics are very important and will be very useful for our work !
I am looking forward to participate and listen to all speakers!

I am a teacher and I have a heart for teaching. I would like more information on your organization. I am traveling to Kenya in August.


In reply to by Raquel Nunez

Hi Raquel,

thanks for reaching out to GPE. Please have a look through our website on the teaching page and on the Kenya page, and hopefully most of your questions will be answered. Feel free to also send questions via information@globalpartnership.org and we'll do our best to get to them quickly. Chantal

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