More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists traveled to Vancouver, Canada from June 3- 6 to attend the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women in the 21st century.
The conference presented new knowledge, promoted world-class solutions, and engaged a broad spectrum of voices. It focused on several issues from health, nutrition, education, economic and political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.
SHOPS Plus had an interactive booth at the conference (#46) that featured two online tools and a new publication on gender and social franchising. The project also presented a digital poster titled "Saving Children through Increased Access to Care: The Transformational Power of Data" on Wednesday, June 5 from10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Solutions Gallery. Our experts in family planning, public-private engagement, and gender studies were on hand to answer questions at the booth.
Nigeria Satellite Event - Women: Our Grassroots Experience
On April 30, the SHOPS Plus team in Nigeria hosted a satellite event titled "Women: Our Grassroots Experience." The event assembled stakeholders, experts, and policy makers from the country’s health sector and examined the conference’s theme “Power. Progress. Change.” Speakers addressed gender issues and how they affect family planning and reproductive health service delivery in Nigeria. The speakers, four women, included:
- Ramatu Umar-Bako, a lawyer and gender specialist
- Halima Bello-Lawal, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist and the first female medical director of Kwali General Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory
- Susan Luka, a community health extension worker (CHEW) working at a primary health center in Plateau State
- Damilola Kolapo, a nurse at Navy Medical Center in Kuje