Women Deliver 2016 Conference to Spotlight Solutions to Toughest Challenges Facing Girls and Women

Jessica Malter, Women Deliver

Stephanie Platis, Global Health Strategies

A new development era: global and local leaders to share best practices and take action at largest conference on girls and women issues in over a decade


21 January 2016, New York –The Women Deliver 2016 Conference, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16-19 May, will be one of the first major global convenings on girls’ and women’s issues following the launch of a new global agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals – which lays out a blueprint to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

More than 5,000 global and local leaders, policymakers, researchers, private sector and NGO representatives, as well as young people from 150 countries are expected to participate in the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, including:

Farhan Akhtar, Writer, Director, Actor, Singer/Songwriter. Founder- MARD Initiative & UNWomen Goodwill Ambassador (South Asia)
Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank
Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Founder & Chairwomen, Women Journalists Without Chains
Yemurai Nyoni, Young Leader & Board Member, Women Deliver; Founder & Director, Dot Youth Organisation
Mary Therese Winifred Robinson, Chair of Board of Trustees, Mary Robinson Foundation; Former President, Ireland
• And multiple heads of UN Agencies, including UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO. 

The more than 150 panels and side events will focus on solutions and on how to make development matter most for girls and women, with a specific emphasis on health, rights, gender equality, education and economic empowerment. Investments in girls and women are shown to return large gains for countries working to build more equitable, healthy and productive societies. When girls and women have a chance to learn and earn there are positive ripple effects across development – families are healthier, communities are stronger and nations are more prosperous.

“Girls' and women's health and rights do not exist in a vacuum," said Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield. “Girls and women are the very core of development – they are drivers of progress and the bedrock of an inclusive and sustainable future for all.”  

Some progress has been made toward advancing girls’ and women’s issues; however, the pace has been slow. Data show that over the last two decades global maternal deaths have dropped by almost half, contraceptive use has increased and more girls are in school. The evidence also indicates that there is much more to do: 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraception, and over 300,000 women die from pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications each year.

“We’ve seen progress in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women around the globe, but we need to accelerate and integrate," said Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver. “The Women Deliver 2016 Conference will serve as a platform for global and local partners to share solutions and form smart partnerships to deliver for women and accelerate progress for all. When you invest in girls and women, everybody wins.”

Women Deliver 2016 Conference registration is now open. Early bird registration at a discounted rate ends on January 31. Members of the media are invited to apply for press accreditation to register for the conference at no cost.

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WHAT: Women Deliver 2016 Conference
WHEN: 16-19 May 2016
WHERE: Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
SOCIAL: Join the conversation on social media by following #WD2016


As a leading global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress, particularly in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. It builds capacity, shares solutions, and forges partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.

Women Deliver believes that when the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins.

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