Prime Minster Justin Trudeau Announces that Women Deliver has chosen Vancouver, Canada as the site for their next global Women Deliver Conference – the world’s largest gathering on the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls.
Ottawa, Canada, 13 June 2017 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is proud to have been chosen as the host country for the global Women Deliver Conference, which will bring over 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists from more than 160 countries to Vancouver 3-6 June 2019.
Joined by Women Deliver’s President/CEO Katja Iversen, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Minister of the Status of Women, Maryam Monsef, Prime Minister Trudeau symbolically made the announcement in front of the ’Women are Persons!’ monument on the grounds of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“Prioritizing the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is not optional, but in fact, foundational to drive change and progress for all, and this is reflected in our new feminist foreign policy,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “Canada is proud to host the next Women Deliver Conference as a global convener to bring us all further in advancing human rights for women.”
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest of its kind – will present new knowledge, promote solutions, and serve as a fueling station for accelerating action, including policy changes and investments, for the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women and achieving a more equal world.
This conference will come at a time when support for the empowerment of girls and women is more critical than ever in order to maintain and increase the gains in health, education, and economic participation of women, as well as close the existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care services that advances gender equality for women and girls in the developing world.
“Canada is a leader that advocates for and invests in the empowerment of girls and women. We are thrilled to be having the 5th Women Deliver Conference in Canada – a country that has an international assistance policy with women’s rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights at its core – and a government that calls itself feminist,” said Katja Iversen, President/CEO Women Deliver.
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will engage a broad spectrum of voices, including indigenous populations, youth, and those impacted by conflict, with an additional 100,000 participants anticipated to be joining virtually. It will continue the momentum generated at Women Deliver 2016, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. That conference – one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – was attended by nearly 6,000 people from 169 countries. The conference presented more than 100 solutions to improve the lives of girls and women, and spurred action across the globe.
“Canada’s goal is to empower women and girls in every sense of the term because we know this will ultimately change the world for the better,” said Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “That is why our new, and Canada’s first, feminist international assistance policy places the rights of women and girls at its heart.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Katja Iversen encourage all to use this unique opportunity and make June 2019 ‘Women Deliver Month’ throughout Canada across all sectors – including arts, sports, and business; in every province and city – and show the world that women’s health and rights are core Canadian values.
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About Women Deliver: As a leading, global advocate for the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress for gender equality, with a particular focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. We build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.
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