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Equality Now at Women Deliver 2019

WD2019 will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world. 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists are expected. Here’s where you’ll find us.  

WD2019 will focus on issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.  

Why we’re excited about Women Deliver 2019

6,000 feminists in one place - do we need to say more?!

With anti-FGM activists and organisations coming from across the world, we’ll be working together to build a global action plan to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by 2030 in line with SDG 5.3.2. Central to the action plan is ensuring all countries are supported and that UNICEF, UNFPA, Donor groups and international/regional bodies are held to account on their responsibilities.

We’ll be connecting with organizations, funders, youth groups and governments on the issue of online sexual exploitation, building solidarity and standing together to address the issue.

Where you’ll find us:

WD2019 runs from the 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada at the Vancouver Convention Centre. You can also follow live on Facebook.

Sunday 2nd JuneUniting Forces to Ensure FGM/C is a Practice of the Past: 

Our Americas Director, Shelby Quast and End Harmful Practices Global Lead, Flavia Mwangovya will be attending “Uniting Forces to Ensure FGM/C is a Practice of the Past” pre-conference event, where survivors, activists & civil society will come together to accelerate efforts to End FGM/C by 2030. Join us & others from around the world to accelerate the growing global movement to end the practice.

Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th June - Find us at exhibition booth #930

The exhibition booth will be a space to host mini workshops with activists and stakeholders to understand the challenges they face and rally around a global call to action to end FGM by 2030.  It will also be a place for survivors of each issue to share their story and hopes for the future.

There will also be a day dedicated to understanding how to tackle online sexual exploitation.

Download our full mini workshop schedule here.

Tuesday 4th June 8pm - 10pm, Room 214 Level 2 VCC - Side Event:  Ending FGM by 2030: It's a global issue’: 

With a little over a decade before the 2030 target to end female genital mutilation, this interactive panel session and audience Q&A will explore two vital themes our international community must address to achieve to protect every woman and girl from FGM.

No woman or girl left behind: How do we measure, invest and support each of the 193 countries who have committed to end FGM, including in Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, the Americas, Europe and Eurasia?

Every power base held to account: How can activists, CSOs, intergovernmental bodies and funders move forward as one to hold States, International and regional bodies and donors to account to end FGM globally by 2030?

More information and register for your place via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 4th June 3.30pm - 4pm PST, Film Festival Lounge, Fueling Station - Women Deliver Film Festival: Saving Zoe Screening:

The themes of sexual exploitation and online sex trafficking touched on in the upcoming film Saving Zoë, starring Laura and Vanessa Marano, are some of the issues that Equality Now tackles every day.

SAVING ZOË is a powerful and thought provoking film that explores the dark realities of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, including how the internet provides a ready marketplace for girls’ bodies. The film shows yet another version of the pervasiveness of sexual exploitation and violence in a way that is current and many will find relatable.

Find out more about the Women Deliver Film Festival.

Make sure you are following Equality Now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live updates from the event.