History

Every three years, the Women Deliver Conference galvanizes momentum for gender equality. It is a bold and diverse gathering, a fueling station of ideas, and generator of action, convening thousands to identify solutions and drive change for girls and women.

WD2019

Vancouver, Canada

With more than 8,000 advocates from over 165 countries on site and over 200,000 people joining around the world through satellite events and the virtual Conference, WD2019 became the largest convening for gender equality in the world. The Conference connected grassroots advocates and decision makers, fueled over USD 1 billion in global and country-level investments, and shined a global spotlight on the importance of gender equality. 

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WD2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

As one of the first major global convenings following the launch of the SDGs, the Conference underscored the crucial role of advancing girls and women’s health and rights across all of the SDGs. Ninety-seven percent of the Conference’s 6,000 attendees affirmed that they would take action as a result of attending WD2016. 

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WD2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Conference brought together over 4,500 attendees from 149 countries and featured a wide range of speakers, topics, and events related to the health and well-being of girls and women. More than 1,000 participants were sponsored to attend the Conference. Women Deliver financially supported travel and accommodations for 23 percent of delegates, launched a social enterprise competition, and was instrumental in the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s main stage declaration that family planning was a human right. 

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WD2010

Washington, DC

In addition to championing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) with the support of 3,400 advocates, Women Deliver’s 2nd Conference meaningfully engaged youth, providing a platform for 100 young leaders to share their expertise and call on decision makers to prioritize the advancement of girls and women’s health and rights. 

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WD2007

London, UK

By bringing together 1,700 people and making the investment case for reproductive and maternal health, Women Deliver secured MDG 5 – Improve Maternal Health – on the global development agenda. 

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Connecting advocates and decision makers

Women Deliver Conferences bring together thousands of decision-makers from civil society, governments, the private sector, and international agencies alongside advocates, activists, and journalists for dialogue, evidence and solution sharing, accountability, and action – on site and around the globe. Built with partners, for partners, we deepen existing relationships and foster new ones.

Fueling global and country-level action

Women Deliver Conferences serve as a moment to rally, refuel, and champion girls and women on a global stage. Delegates leave energized with new ideas, strong connections, and dynamic inspiration for their work building a more gender equal world.

Influencing the global agenda

By focusing the world’s attention on the transformative potential of girls and women, Women Deliver Conferences send a powerful signal that investing in gender equality is foundational to progress for all. They catalyze action and global change.

A look back at WD2019