A Canadian guide to Women Deliver 2023 – Official and unofficial side events, sessions and activities to check out during the conference

The Women Deliver 2023 (WD2023) conference will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from July 17 to 20! CanWaCH will be hosting a networking reception on Wednesday, July 19 for Canadian partners and key global partners in attendance. If you are attending Women Deliver in-person, please register here to book your spot.

We will also participate in a side event, Investing in Community Health Workers for Health Equity, co-hosted by two CanWaCH Members, Results Canada and UNICEF Canada, on July 20. 

Below is a list of the official and unofficial side events, sessions and activities being hosted by CanWaCH members and partners! 

This is a living resource that we will continue to update before and during Women Deliver 2023. Have an event to add? Please contact us at [email protected] or fill out this survey to tell us about your event and attendance. All times are in local time. 

Sunday, July 16:

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Together we move

Join us in Kigali for an inspiring networking reception hosted by the African Women’s Development Fund, Equality Fund, and the Government of Canada as we celebrate the power of partnership for gender equality.

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Catalyzing global action to end FGM/C

Pre-conference hosted at Simba Ballroom, Four Points by Sheraton, by End FGM Canada Network, Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C, Orchid Project, Arrow, End FGM European Network, End FGM/c US Network, Sahiyo, Equality Now, Amref Health Africa, IPPF.

Tuesday, July 18:

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Transformative power of education on gender equality: Local African approaches 

Virtual session held by Programme CLE, a canadian voluntary cooperation program implemented by Fondation Paul Gérin Lajoie, Éducation internationale et la Fédération des cégeps. 

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room AD12.2: Resourcing adolescent girls

Hosted in partnership with Plan International, AGIP, Amplify Girls, GAGE/ODI, Girls Not Brides, Save the Children.

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room MH 4.2: Evidence in action: data-driven advocacy for sexual and reproductive health 

Hosted by Guttmacher Institute, African Institute for Policy Development, Action Canada for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Public Health Ambassadors Uganda 

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: L’inclusion financière comme levier d’autonomisation et de justice économiques (Financial inclusion as a lever for economic empowerment and justice) 

Virtual session held by Développement international Desjardins (DID)

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room MH 1.1: Launch of the Global Contraception Policy Atlas 

Side event hosted by European Parliamentary Forum, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Arab Institute for Women at LAU, Africa Region Office (ARO), IPPF, Fòs Feminista, Organon

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room MH 3.2: A feminist workplace is not only possible, she is already on her way 

Hosted by Plan International and Young Feminist Europe

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lemigo Hotel: Amidst world crisis, a feminist approach to gender and hunger 

Hosted by Action Against Hunger

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ruhondo Room, Lemigo Hotel: Break bread with youth leaders: tackling contested SRHR issues

Planned in coordination with Oxfam Quebec, Oxfam Novib and Oxfam Canada. 

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ikaze Room, Ubumwe Grande Hotel: Creating space: from youth to youth

Hosted by Plan International and partners.

Wednesday, July 19:

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room AD10.2: Inclusive and empowered feminists movements through practical intersectional approach/ Mouvements féministes inclusifs et autonomisés grâce à l’intersectionnalité mise en pratique

Hosted by Humanity & Inclusion

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room AD12.1: Bridging the gap: Delivering SRH and economic empowerment for girls

Co-facilitated by Kore Global 

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room MH3.1: Equal power now – It’s time for action: Trust, power and resources to girls and movements

Hosted by Plan International, Girl Up, United Nations Foundation

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Advancing SHRH through safe spaces in the oPt and Ghana

Virtual Session held by Oxfam-Québec Power to Choose and partners from Ghana and the OPT 

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room MH1.2: Our education, our rights: Girls in crisis

Hosted by Plan International, Global Partnership for Education, Girls Opportunity Alliance, FAWE, School Meals Coalition, Transform Education, Rozaria Memorial Trust

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room MH2.2: Uniting for menstrual justice to advance gender equality: Local voices, feminist approaches, and integration with SRHR

Hosted by Plan International, Global Menstrual Collective, Irise International/Irise Institute East Africa, Africa Coalition for Menstrual Health, Days for Girl International, Population Services International (PSI)-Europe, Simavi, WASH United, WaterAid, UNFPA (East and Southern Africa), Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Government of Netherlands)

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kigali Convention Center: Promoting social justice through youth and women’s engagement and leadership in health

Hosted by Partners in Health, Inshuti mu Buzima (IMB), and University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) 

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heaven Restaurant – No 13KN 29 St, Kigali: Networking reception alongside Women Deliver 2023 hosted by CanWaCH

We look forward to providing a space for Canadian delegates and our global partners to connect with one another, share learnings and galvanize momentum for the work that lies ahead to ensure that women and girls, everywhere, are able to realize their right to thrive in full health.

Register here

Thursday, July 20:

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Lemigo Hotel: Equality against hunger fresk

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the Action Against Hunger side event to live a creative experience to discover, understand, and take individual and collective action to fight gender inequalities in hunger, with a feminist and intersectional approach. If you want to learn more about the link between Hunger and Women, to meet our team, and to spend a very interesting and collaborative morning together (with french breakfast) please join us!

Information and registration details: https://forms.office.com/e/WcU8Pf5f8J

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: HIV is a feminist issue

A Women Deliver event co-hosted by Frontline AIDS & UNAIDS exploring the impact of HIV on women, girls, and marginalized communities.

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in room AD11, Kigali Convention Centre: People Power! Investing in community health workers for health equity

Breakfast 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Panel 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Hosted by Results Canada and UNICEF Canada.

Around the world, community health workers (CHWs) – the majority of whom are women- are making health care accessible to millions of people every day. However, due to a lack of effective integration within health systems structures, CHWs are not always properly identified or recognized as a key part of the health workforce and the vast majority remain underpaid, or altogether unpaid. This session will make the case for why we must make smart and sustainable investments in the people in communities who are the very foundation of effective and resilient health systems.

11:30 a.m. at the Kigali Convention Centre: Who’s got the power? Feminist approaches to decolonizing – How and what we know

Join Save the Children in a conversation about the dynamics of knowledge generation in the international development sector. We will examine the intersections of colonialism and patriarchy, and center feminist perspectives in decolonizing how and what we know. We will explore how research and knowledge generation can become sites of accompaniment, co-liberation, and transformation and will share strategies for shifting power and promoting gender equality, social justice and equitable partnerships.

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Catalyzing collective action through gender transformative nutrition

Virtual session hosted by World Vision Canada, University of Toronto, Nutrition International, CARE Canada, CARE USA, Save the Children Canada, Bruyère Institute, Action Against Hunger Canada and HealthBridge.

This session will explore and highlight the potential of the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition to tackle gender inequalities and improve nutrition outcomes by analyzing gender power dynamics and engaging in nutrition programs at national, sub-national and community levels.

Here are some of the organizations hosting exhibits and booths during the conference – be sure to check them out!

  • Médecins du Monde: S53 
  • Développement international Desjardins (DID): K36
  • Orbis Canada: K3. Orbis has also contributed to the IAPB’s booth, K9. 


July 5, 2023