Women Deliver 2019 is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. ACGC’s Staff are very excited about the conference and want to share updates with you as the event progresses!
If you are unable to attend the conference in person in Vancouver, Women Deliver invites you to attend virtually with their virtual conference which will be streaming live!
News from Women Deliver:
Fund for Gender Equality
The Equality Fund is bringing together the philanthropic community, private sector, governments and civil society organizations to transform how we work to improve the lives of women and girls around the world and how we work to make more and smarter investments to accelerate positive change and build gender equality in developing countries
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Announces ten-year 1.4 billion annual investment in women and children’s health
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Government of Canada will raise its funding to reach $1.4 billion annually, starting in 2023, to support women and girls’ health around the world. A ten-year commitment, this historic investment will support sexual and reproductive health rights and maternal, newborn, and child health – with $700 million of the annual investment dedicated to sexual and reproductive health rights, as of 2023. The Prime Minister made the announcement at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, which Canada is hosting this week in Vancouver.
ICN Policy Paper: A Feminist Approach to Climate Justice
The Inter-Council Network Youth Delegates attending Women Deliver have participated in a collective process, forming a policy document “A feminist approach to climate justice.”
“Women are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, and other
extreme weather events. They also have a critical role in combatting climate change, but need to be
better represented at all levels of decision making. Empowering women will be a significant factor in
meeting the climate challenge.”
-Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christina Figuere
Plan Canada: Youth for Gender Equality’s Youth Led Roadmap
The uniquely youth-led Roadmap – with an official launch scheduled at the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – reflects the powerful perspectives of over 300 youth from all over Canada with diverse experiences and backgrounds, such as youth who have experienced homelessness, Indigenous youth, young people of colour, newcomers to Canada and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, among others, as well as individuals from remote and rural communities in Canada.
The Roadmap includes 20 recommendations that individual Canadians can take today to achieve gender equality within their homes, communities and beyond. It also includes more than 40 additional recommendations targeted at public institutions, the private sector and governments to help Canada achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality, by the goals’ end date of 2030.
Inter-Council Network Delegation
As one of 8 regional/provincial councils that make up the Inter-Council Network, ACGC is sending a youth delegate to Women Deliver!
ACGC youth delegate and previous Top 30 Under 30 in 2016 introduces herself:
I am Brianne Klingspon, 21 year old from Edmonton, Alberta. I am very honoured to be alongside all of you for the 2019 Women Deliver Conference. I am currently working as a Primary Care Paramedic (EMT) in the Oil and Gas industry as well as for a local Non-profit NGO called One! International Poverty Relief. I am super passionate about medicine, and through my work with the NGO, has created awareness and drive to provide the right to healthcare for everyone. I am hoping to gain some new and abstract ideas to help promote and assist the NGO in their goals of health education, and also share my experiences as a female in a very male dominated oil and gas industry. I have to apologize I don’t speak a second language, but if you are willing me to teach me how to count higher than 3 in French, bring it on! Looking forward to creating, sharing and learning with all of you!!
ACGC Staff Part of Young Leaders Program
ACGC Staff, Laveza Khan is one the Young Leaders who is taking a stand for gender equality and will be attending Women Deliver!
Laveza Khan is passionate about planning multi-stakeholder engagements to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada and advocating for Goal 5 to achieve gender equality.
Laveza is originally from Pakistan and currently lives in Canada. She studied Labor Studies and Sociology at McMaster University and International Development at Humber College. As the Member Outreach & Government Relations Coordinator at Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, she is responsible for supporting and advocating for Civil Society Organizations in Alberta that are working locally and globally to achieve sustainable human development. Through her work, ACGC was nominated as a finalist for the United Nations (UN) SDG Action Award for the Together 2017 Symposium. As an advocate, Laveza successfully planned the first-ever, multi-stakeholder conversations on the UN SDGs in Canada.
Laveza was inspired to become an advocate by Abdul Sattar Edhi because he dedicated his life to the service of justice and humanity.
In her free time, Laveza enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Youth For Gender Equality
ACGC Supports youth Youth for Gender Equality (YGE) which is a three-year initiative co-led by Plan International Canada and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF-FCE). The initiative engages youth throughout Canada to spearhead progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. YGE are sending a delegation of youth from across Canada to Women Deliver 2019, including Adriana Graham from Wetaskiwin, Alberta!
Adriana has worked to organize a roundtable discussion on Gender Equality and was selected to attend a writer’s conference where she helped to draft the national Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality.
Open Space forum on a feminist approach to climate justice with the Canadian Youth délégation
June 4th, 3pm, CANWACH Pavilion,
The myriad of panels and keynote speakers offered at Women Deliver will inspire us and incite reflection. Based on collaboration principles, Open Space technology offers participants freedom of action and expression while fostering engagement and responsibility. Come share your thoughts and dialogue with Canadian youth. Come contribute to innovative solutions and a feminist approach to climate justice.
We look forward to meeting with all members of the Canadian youth delegation. Light appetizers will be served, with a cashbar available.
BCIC LongHouse Dialogues
May 31-June 5, 3pm, Harbour Green Park
Ideally situated to capitalize on the momentum and energy of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the Longhouse Dialogues complements the conference while taking a grassroots approach and emphasizing the inclusion of local, young, and Indigenous women’s voices.
Mama na Mtoto: Digital Storytelling – Experiences around the World
Join Mama na Mtoto for a session on Digital Storytelling: Experiences around the World, at the Canada Pavilion powered by CanWaCH and the Women Deliver Mobilization Canada!
Digital Storytelling is the telling of a story through blending oral tradition with digital aids such as voiceovers, images, music and visual effects. Last year, Mama na Mtoto launched a pilot to study how Digital Storytelling can be used as an effective research and dissemination tool in a global health context. Join us to hear about our experiences with Digital Storytelling in Tanzania, Uganda and Canada.
Youth for Gender Equality – Launch of the Youth Led Roadmap for Gender Equality
June 4, 5-7pm
Youth from our Youth for Gender Equality initiative, in partnership with Canadian Teachers’ Federation, will unveil the first-ever Youth-Led Roadmap for Gender Equality: A Plan to Achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Canada, in front of global leaders and key decision-makers.