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Free Events During Women Deliver 2019 Conference


Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls – is coming to Vancouver next week.

In a time when ultra-conservative far-right movements across Europe, Latin America and around the world continue to gain momentum, and anti-abortion laws in the United States are threatening reproductive rights, there is no better moment for a global gathering of gender equality advocates and decision-makers. The conference aims to serve as a catalyst for change makers working to achieve a more gender-equal society by presenting new knowledge, promoting world-class solutions and engaging a broad spectrum of voices.

YWCA Metro Vancouver CEO, Deb Bryant, and other members of our leadership team will join more than 2,500 organizations and approximately 7,000 attendees, including world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists and journalists from 160 countries to work towards accelerating progress for women and girls worldwide. The conference will focus on finding solutions across women’s health, education, economic and political spheres, and tackle issues that affect women’s lives, like reproductive rights and gender-based violence.

During an interview with Women of Influence, Deb Bryant reflected on her expectations for Women Deliver: “So many issues around women’s equality and voice, as well as the day-to-day challenges women face, are on the public agenda right now, I believe this conference will help to further amplify these issues and move us toward solutions-focused conversations. This opportunity to look at women’s issues from a global perspective will not only help our community but also make the world a better place.”

Although the conference is sold out, you can still join the spirit of Women Deliver by attending the virtual conference or one of the many Women Deliver Mobilization side events.

Virtual Conference 

Through WDLive, you can experience the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from anywhere in the world. Stream plenary sessions, inspiring Power Talks and select concurrent sessions, as well as original content from the WDLive studio, created just for the digital audience.

Canada Pavilion Events 

The Canada Pavilion will be the go-to location for multiple events hosted by Canadian organizations from June 2-7, alongside the Women Deliver Conference.

Longhouse Dialogue Events

The Longhouse Dialogues complement the conference while taking a grassroots approach and emphasizing the inclusion of local, young, and Indigenous women’s voices. Four non-permanent, traditional Bighouses/Longhouses (in the style of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Pacific Island peoples) will be erected to create a village-like setting. The Longhouse Dialogues will honour Indigenous ways of communicating and offer the general public the opportunity to engage in important dialogues in a safe, inclusive and nonpartisan manner.

Feminist Deliver events

Feminists Deliver is a grassroots collaboration of British Columbia-based self-identified women, girls, non-binary and Two-Spirit people and the organizations that support them that have come together, on account of the 2019 Women Deliver Conference. They are hosting a four-day conference and trade show parallel to Women Deliver. Each day of the conference will focus on a different theme and includes keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions and performances.

YWCA events during Women Deliver

As part of the Canada Pavilion events, YWCA Metro Vancouver and The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will host Be the Change: Your Path to Civic Engagement on June 3. This youth-oriented event will explore diverse perspectives on what civic engagement means and how young people can turn their passion into action.

The YWCA Metro Vancouver is hosting the Combatting Sexualization and Hypermasculinization workshop as part of the Longhouse Dialogues on May 31. This free workshop looks at the issues of sexualization and hypermasculinization in contemporary media. Using an intersectional lens, participants are invited to explore and discuss the ways that sexualization and hypermasculinization are linked to colonialism. The workshop provides examples of where the issues are happening, discusses the impacts–both at an interpersonal, societal, and systemic level–and ends with some solutions for change.

Learn more about YWCA Metro Vancouver’s advocacy work.

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