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Women Deliver 2019: Amplifying the power of education


This week, thousands of gender equality advocates are arriving in Vancouver for the 2019 Women Deliver Conference for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere. The conference theme: Power. Progress. Change.

Bringing together world leaders, policymakers, journalists, youth, researchers and corporate and civil society representatives, Women Deliver is the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Since education is a foundation stone and pathway to gender equality, UNGEI is joining forces with the Global Partnership for Education, Plan International, UNESCO and the Malala Fund to host the Education Hub. Featuring a broad spectrum of speakers, the Education Hub programme explores how Girls + Education = Power. Progress. Change.

The full Education Hub programme can be accessed here.

In parallel to the Education Hub, a number of concurrent sessions have been organised to explore how the power of education can be unlocked.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

Tuesday 4 June

Working together to end school-related gender-based violence

15:00 - 16:00
Organised by UNGEI, Plan International, Malala Fund and UNESCO

More than 246 million children across the world are subjected to gender-based violence in or around schools every year. School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) includes bullying, verbal and sexual harassment, sexual abuse and corporal punishment. SRGBV is deeply rooted in gender inequality, unequal power dynamics, and patriarchy and knows no geographical, cultural, social or economic boundaries. Learn from young people, teachers, advocates and policy makers about the latest approaches, tools and resources for preventing and responding to SRGBV.

Speakers: Rayne Fisher-Quann, Marie Antoinette Corr, Joanna Herat, Nora Fyles, Mohamed Sidibay, Angela Benedicto, Pamela Okoroigwe

Wednesday 5 June

Education in emergencies: Towards a coordinated global response for girls

10:30 - 12:00
Organised by Malala Fund, UNGEI, Plan International and UNESCO

In emergencies, girls are more likely than boys to be kept out of school. This session will bring together diverse voices working towards a future where all girls can learn, whatever their circumstances. Youths join local and international actors in the education space to discuss programme, policy and finance for solutions that give out-of-school children – particularly girls – the power to learn again.

Speakers: Fatu, Diya Nijhowne, Hiba Hamzi, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, Lucia Fry

Keeping girls in school and learning... longer

13:30 - 14:30
Organised by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, Plan International and UNESCO

Many girls drop out after primary school or do not attend school at all for reasons of poverty, conflict, social norms, child marriage, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, poor nutrition, menstrual hygiene management and poor school infrastructure, to name a few. This session will highlight the importance of gender-responsive education planning and explore ways to keep girls in school and learning, particularly as they transition to adolescence.

Speakers: Julia Gillard, Fatima Maada Bio, Jayathma Wickramanayake, Fatu

Comprehensive sexuality education: A powerful tool for improving girls’ health, education and gender equality

15:00 - 16:00
Organised by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, PLAN International and UNESCO

When young people have access to quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and have family and community support to manage their sexual and reproductive health, they are more likely to stay in school and succeed. This session will explore how the barriers that prevent girls from receiving CSE can be broken. Participants will learn how innovative partnerships can deliver CSE that meets young people’s needs.

Speakers: Aisha Ijaz, Aminata Wurie, Anna-Kay Magnus Watson, Monica Geingos, Joanna Herat

Thursday 6 June

No girl left behind: Creating inclusive education

13:30 - 14:30
Organised by Global Partnership for Education, NORAD, Plan International and UNESCO

One in five children, adolescents and youth is out of school. Gender, poverty, ethnicity, disability and displacement are all major barriers. This session will look at who is excluded, how exclusion occurs, and what policies exist to support more young people to stay in school and learn. Participants will learn about promising practices for inclusion so that no girl is left behind.

Speakers: Christina Milsom, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Erika, Angela Nakafeero, Pauline Rose


If you’re in Vancouver, do join us! If not, connect with us on Twitter and Facebook and follow #EduHubWD for all the latest from #WD2019.

Want to access the full programme of Women Deliver and Education Hub events?

Download the Education Hub programme

Explore the Women Deliver 2019 Conference schedule


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