UN Women events at Women Deliver 2023 Conference
Generation Equality Impact Fest: “A Call to push forward for gender equality” high-level event
This high-level opening event will provide a context of the current state of affairs and synthesizing understanding of the anti-rights actors and their tools in pushing back against the gender equality agenda. It will also highlight evidence from Generation Equality and its Action Coalitions and Compact of how innovative multi-stakeholder, intergenerational models can, through collective action for gender equality, counter anti-rights movements. The session will issue “a call for collective action for pushing forward for gender equality”; highlighting good practice through the Generation Equality actions, commitments and modalities of engagement. Speakers include UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Sima Bahous, co-hosts of Generation Equality Mid-Point moment, Generation Equality Action Coalition leaders, Generation Equality commitment makers.
18 July, 11.00-12.30, venue – Kigali Convention Centre MH4-1
Generation Equality Impact Fest: Accountability Workshop
The objective of the session will be to a) to provide an update on the 2023 Accountability Report, including a sneak-peak of the results of the second Accountability Survey, and b) create a space for knowledge sharing, exchange and dialogue with complementary feminist accountability processes, discuss synergies and build momentum for collective accountability towards the Generation Equality Midpoint Moment. The session will consist of the following segments: Keynote Address, Reporting on Generation Equality Commitments, and Why accountability matters panel discussion. Speakers and participants will include civil society, youth-led organisations, adolescent girls, Member States, Philanthropic organizations, for-profit organizations.
18 July, 14.00- 15.30, venue – Kigali Convention Centre MH4-1
Generation Equality Impact Fest: Generation Equality 101
This 90-minute session aims at raising awareness about the initiative’s trajectory answering the “What, Why and How of Generation Equality” question. A Ted talk-style interactive, energetic discussion will bring a select group of the Generation Equality community – members states, civil society organizations, UN agencies, the philanthropy and the private sector. During and after the session, a UN Women Generation Equality helpdesk will be available to provide more details on joining the initiative and answering any inquiries from the participants. The helpdesk may remain throughout the entire duration of the conference.
18 July, 16:00 to 17:30 Kigali time, venue – Kigali Convention Centre MH4-1
Reception “Friends of Generation Equality”
Join us for a Friends of Generation Equality reception co-hosted by the UN Foundation and UN Women taking place alongside the Women Deliver conference in Kigali. The reception will take place on Tuesday, July 18th from 5:30-7:30pm at Norrsken House Kigali. Following brief welcome remarks from UN Foundation and UN Women, Urgent Action Fund-Africa will open the reception with a bodywork session entitled, “What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance?”. Movement and dance are universal embodiment practices we can use to explore a path to healing ourselves and each other…join us as we briefly get in touch with our whole selves to unpack, release and reconnect with mind, body, and spirit.
18 July, 17.30 – 9.30, venue- UN Foundation Nest Hub, Norrsken House Kigali Town Hall (KN 78 St, Kigali, Rwanda)
Please RSVP here by Friday, 14 July 2023
Charting the Path to Equal: Launch of Two New Experimental Indices on Women’s Empowerment and Progress
UN Women and UNDP come together to launch a transformative initiative: the unveiling of twin sets of experimental indices on gender equality and women’s empowerment. This event marks a pivotal moment in the global pursuit of gender parity, as these innovative indices aim to redefine the measurement and understanding of progress towards gender equality. Through rigorous research and data-driven approaches, these indices will shed light on the complex challenges faced by women worldwide and pave the way for targeted interventions and policy reforms. Be part of this momentous occasion as we embark on a new chapter in the fight for gender equality and empowerment. Speakers include Sima Bahous (Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Women); Achim Steiner (Under-Secretary General and Administrator, United Nations Development Programme) (Virtual); Papa Seck (Chief, Research and Data, UN Women); Yanchun Zhang (Chief Statistician, UNDP); and other high-profile speakers.
18 July, 1:30-2:30pm, venue- UN Foundation Nest Hub, Norrsken House Kigali Town Hall (KN 78 St, Kigali, Rwanda)
Conversation with UN Trust Fund grantee organizations
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting 44 civil society and women’s rights organizations (CSOs/WROs) who are recipients of funding to attend and take active role during Women Deliver 2023 Conference. This side event will be an opportunity to bring them together in an open dialogue with the other UN Trust Fund partners such as Alliance for Feminist Movements, UN Member States who are supporting UN Trust Fund (such as the UK, Sweden, Canada and others), UN Women and other UN agencies, as well as other interested parties at the conference. The open dialogue and exchange will provide an opportunity to strategize for joint advocacy and collective action for ending violence against women and girls. Speakers will include UN Trust Fund Chief, UN Trust Fund grantees and donor representatives, and Alliance for Feminist Movements representative.
Kindly note that the UN Trust Fund delegation will be present at Women Deliver with the booth presence. Please come find us at booth K24 – Kivu tent, where we will be happy to connect, present you the new developments in the UN Trust Fund, including a number of interesting practice-based knowledge products that emerged from your generous sharing of your expertise and insights from your work.
18 July, from 7:00 to 8:30am, venue - Ubumwe Grande Hotel - Ikazw, Kigali, Rwanda
Status of Women in Agri-food Systems
Following the presentation of the status of women in agrifood systems report by FAO, the session aims to discuss ways to empower women and closing the gender gap in agrifood systems as well as reducing hunger, increasing incomes, and strengthening the resilience of rural communities. The status of women in agrifood systems report uses extensive new data and analyses to provide a comprehensive picture of women’s participation, benefits, and challenges they face working in agrifood systems globally. Speakers include Hon. Bayisenge Jeannette, MIGEPROF, Mr. Yusuf Murangwa, Rwanda National Institute of Statistics, representatives of FAO, UN Women and USAID.
18 July, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, venue – M Hotel
Preventing Violence against Women: From Evidence to Action
The event is co-organized by the World Health Organization and UN Women to advance commitments to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls as part of the Generation Equality Forum's Gender-Based Violence Action Coalition. Our panel speakers will share their experiences and insights on how to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, using evidence-based strategies and tools. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and network with like-minded individuals, all working towards a common goal of ending violence against women and girls and creating a safer world for all.
17 July, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, venue – Ubumwe Grand Hotel (KN 67 Street Kigali)
Gender and Technology: Standing on the Edge of a New Frontier
The session aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders and experts who will share their opinions and research on how to influence the development of technology and innovation to provide solutions to accelerate progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. This will include discussions on: a) the policy actions required to ensure women and girls are equipped with the knowledge, awareness and skills to leverage connectivity for their economic and social empowerment; b) the challenges of developing legislation that reduce large-scale, extreme risks from transformative technologies; c) the critical role multi-stakeholder partnerships play in advancing gender equality in the digital world, among others. The event will provide a space for participants to share their views on why it is a critical moment to invest in this topic and take action to bridge the gender digital divide. It will also provide a space for participants to share insights on how to implement CSW67 key recommendations.
19 July, 15:30 - 17:00, venue – Kigali Convention Centre, Room MH3.2
We No Go Gree: Women’s Movement-Allyship, Solidarity and Convening
In March 2022, five Gender-Related Bills reached a historic climax in Nigeria's National Constitution Review. In response to the Bills being thrown out, over 200 women’s groups marched on the National Assembly and said, “We No Go Gree’, Pidgin” for “We disagree!”. The Council of Traditional and Religious Leaders of Africa (COTLA) have also boldly said ‘We No Gree’ and championed abolishment of harmful practices including money-wife and female genital mutilation (FGM). This event will look at what it takes to effectively push-back against the push-back and features a fast-paced hackathon for lesson sharing and connection-building to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.
20 July, 07:00 - 8:30 am, venue – Serena Hotel
Fighting the gender pay gap in the health and care sector
The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), led by the ILO, UN Women, and the OECD, will be present at Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, one of the largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality, with an in-person only concurrent session on Fighting the gender pay gap in the health and care sector on Tuesday, 18 July 2023, from 9:30 to 11:00 at Kigali convention centre, room MH 3.1.
18 July 2023, 9:30 - 11:00, Kigali Convention Centre, room MH 3.1.
Accountability Moment: Generation Equality Bodily Autonomy and SRHR Coalition
This event will mark the largest gathering of the Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and SRHR since its inception, aiming to bring together Leaders, 396+ Commitment Makers and prospective coalition members together to draw attention to emerging “stories of impact” to date on the four action areas of the Action Coalition; learn and share the emerging new “gold standards” of feminist and inclusive approaches to bodily autonomy and SRHR principles and good practices, and identify feminist good practices and approaches for up-scaling and establish supportive action partnerships.
19 July, 13:30 - 15:30, venue – Kigali Convention Centre, AD12.2
Panel: Advancing Feminist Climate Justice Through the Rule of Law
This session will address the huge gap in optimizing the potential of the rule of law and justice approaches in collective action to advance climate justice for women and girls. It will explore good practices and promising approaches on how legal and justice interventions have been utilized to achieve gender-transformative climate action and strengthen accountability for the promotion of women and girls’ human rights. The panelists will share their expertise and experiences on using legal and justice approaches to promote women’s environmental rights, build their resilience to climate impacts and strengthen women's leadership in climate decision-making processes.
20 July, 09:30 - 11:00 am, venue – Kigali Convention Centre, Room MH1.2