On 17 July 2023, 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.”

WD2023 is themed Spaces, Solidarity, and Solutions. “Each delegate and speaker has converged here with a collective purpose: to identify and act upon evidence-based solutions,” said Maliha. “This week centers on creating empowering spaces for the feminist movement, holding leaders accountable, and creating a groundswell of voices for gender equality. This groundswell of collective action is critical to urge political leaders to act.

The WD2023 program comprises 10 plenaries, 75 concurrent sessions, 12 skills-building workshops, 11 pre-conferences, 200 side events, 240 exhibition spaces, 55 Global Dialogue events, and nine Regional Convening Partner events.

The Plenary stage will bring together the most powerful voices within the feminist community – from heads of state to grassroots activists and youth. They share the WD2023 stage to inspire,
drive dialogue, and mobilize the collective into action to achieve true equality, rights and dignity for girls and women everywhere.

Sista is proud of our We Rise Coalition siSTARS who attended this event and represented the Pacific and the Pacific Feminist movement!

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Read the Press Release HERE

Check out the Oceanic Pacific Regional Outcomes Statement 

Take a look at the Oceanic Pacific Delegates Comms Pack

Slide through the Oceanic Pacific Regional Committee Meeting

Read through the Women with Disability Oceanic Statement

Read the Oceanic Pacific Convening Outcomes Documents – FIJI and AUSTRALIA