Editorial spotlight: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, from 3 to 6 June, UN Women is joining women’s rights activists, governments and next generations of changemakers, to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

At the global conference, UN Women will highlight its new groundbreaking, multigenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Despite some progress, real change has been too slow for most women and girls in the world, and we see significant pushback in many places against their leadership and agency.

Not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. As a result, women continue to be discriminated against, and their contributions are undervalued. They work more, earn less and have fewer choices about their bodies, livelihoods and futures than men. They experience multiple forms of violence at home, at work and in public spaces.

Generation Equality demands real change.

It seeks urgent, intentional actions from governments to renew their commitments to gender equality, and to invest in policies and programmes that make gender equality a lived reality.

It seeks multigenerational dialogues and partnerships, engaging men and women, young and old, all of society, as we count down to year 2020, when several galvanizing moments in the 21st century women’s rights movement come together, including: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals, and 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment as the global champion for the empowerment of women and girls.

Media advisory: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference

At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference, UN Women events will bring together senior officials and policy experts on a range of critical areas including women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, health and research and development to address key issues that can accelerate the unfinished business of empowering women and girls around the world. Read more►

Live from Women Deliver 2019

Archived webcasts

Plenary 2—The Power of Now—Taking stock of where we stand and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead: A dynamic discussion between leaders from civil society, the UN, government, and private sector, on opportunities and challenges ahead. Panellists include United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Power. Progress. Change. Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference Opening Press Conference: Women Deliver President/CEO Katja Iversen joins heads of state, the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and a Women Deliver Young Leader to open the Women Deliver 2019 Conference


24 years later, are women’s rights human rights?: As we look forward to the 25th anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action next year, or toward efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 in 2020, women’s rights are still under attack. Speakers include UN Women Director of Civil Society Division Lopa Banerjee.

The Power of Momentum: What’s next on the trajectory towards gender equality?: Despite challenges ahead, there are many opportunities that can help move the needle further for gender equality. Speakers include UN Women Director of Civil Society Division Lopa Banerjee.

How Advertisers and Advocates are Dismantling Gender Stereotypes in Media: Discussion of how advertising and media can challenge gender stereotypes and biases, change people’s perceptions of ‘others,’ and reduce discrimination. Speakers include UN Women Director of Civil Society Division Lopa Banerjee.


Voices of activists on 25 years of the Beijing Platform for Action


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