KIGALI, RWANDA – July 17, 2023 – Today, the Women Deliver Conference 2023 (WD2023)
commenced in Kigali, Rwanda, uniting over 6,000 people from diverse backgrounds and fields
of expertise worldwide to advance gender equality. Women Deliver is a leading global advocate
that champions gender equality and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and
women everywhere.
At an opening press conference, Dr. Maliha Khan, President and CEO of Women Deliver, said,
“We’re facing enormous headwinds against gender equality, including the COVID-19 pandemic,
the climate crisis, and a growing anti-rights movement worldwide. The only way we can push
past them is if we double down on our efforts and work together. The time has come for us to
unite against the global rollback of rights – change is inevitable, progress is not. We have to
work at it.”

Emphasizing the significance of free and open democracies for the progress Women Deliver
seeks, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Chair of the Women Deliver Board and former Deputy
President of South Africa, expressed, “Women Deliver underscores the vital role of democratic
systems in advancing gender equality. Open democracies foster an enabling environment for
women’s political participation, policy and law shaping, as well as the protection of women’s
rights and the creation of equal opportunities. They facilitate improved access to education and
healthcare for girls and women while establishing effective mechanisms to combat gender based violence.”


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