Women Deliver Conference
Thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference on 28-30 May 2013.
Women Deliver Conference is the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. It focuses on the links between health and other issues critical to the empowerment of girls and women, including education, environment, human rights, and more. At the two conferences in 2007 and 2010, Women Deliver galvanized political commitment, financial investments and on-the-ground action to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is a member of the Youth Working Group, which has a key role in the Youth pre-conference on 27 May 2013 and overall in youth engagement in the Conference. There is extensive youth participation in the Conference, as Women Deliver has granted about 300 scholarships for youth activists to attend the Conference. Among these there are 3 WAGGGS representatives from Brazil – Bruna do Amaral Leonardelli, Barbados - Sharie Thompson, and Costa Rica - Alejandra Salas. Bruna and Ale are also represented in the 100 Young Leaders of Women Deliver, which is a major youth advocates group at the Conference. 3 girl guides from Canada, Jenna M. Evans, Carly Checholik, Rukaiyah Lakkadghatwala are also attending the Conference with the support of the Girl Guides Canada. The delegation is coordinated by Nefeli Themeli, WAGGGS MDGs 4 and 5 Ambassador from Greece.
All sessions of the Women Deliver will relate to the overarching themes of Investing in Girls and Women; Reducing Unmet Need; and Looking to 2015 and Beyond.
Invest in Women: It Pays
The cornerstone of Women’s Deliver’s commitment is demonstrating that investments made in women’s and girl’s education, and their full participation in the labour force and in policy-making, results in demonstrable dividends for them, their families and their communities. Sessions will focus on the issues above, as well as on the commitments needed for the full inclusion of women in society. Women’s leadership—how they obtain it and exercise it—will also be explored with leaders in corporate, professional and political life. This is particularly where WAGGGS brings added value to the Conference.