WPL at the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference

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Who will run this world? And, is there peace without women?

These are the two main questions that participants will address during the two concurrent sessions Women Political Leaders, together with Plan International, and the National Democratic Institute, are hosting in the framework of The Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference.

Women Deliver is the largest conference focused on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, happening in Toronto on 2-6 June 2019.

Who Will Run This World? Empowering Young Women & Girls

Tuesday 4th June 2019 – 10.30am-12.00pm

During this session, girls and women in leadership are set to share their individual pathways to power and political empowerment. Using their stories as inspiration and insight, participants are invited to work together in sub-groups to identify the key challenges and importantly, pathways for girls and young women’s political empowerment. By the end of the session, participants will come away with key recommendations for different stakeholders to take action to support girls and young women as leaders now and in the future.

Opening remarks: Helen Clark, WPL Board member, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2009-2017


  • Moderator: Sandra Pepera, Director (Gender, Women and Democracy), National Democratic Institute

  • Senator Sylvia Kasanga, Parliament of Kenya

  • Razan, Plan International Global Youth Influencer & Member, Medicin Sudan

  • Anna Gainey, Former President of the Liberal Party of Canada

  • Adriana, Member, National Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas

  • Melissa Richmond, Vice-President, Running Start


No Women, No Peace!

Thursday, 6th June 2019 – 1:30Ppm-2:30pm

This session offers the opportunity to hear stories and actions from current and former government officials, and community leaders. The aim is to show – through specific experiences – what steps women can take to ensure peaceful futures for themselves and their families, starting in their own neighbourhoods.

  • Moderator: Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Washington DC

  • Hon. Amb. Ellen Attoh-Wreh, MP, Liberia

  • Mariana Casij Peña, Junior Associate, Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), Colombia

  • Alain Délétroz, Director General, Geneva Call


Conference information at http://wd2019.org


About the partners


This year, the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference focuses on power and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change. In addition to the main stage programme, there will be a series of concurrent sessions and workshops designed to delve into key issues and solutions relating to gender equality. More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists and journalists will flock to Vancouver with the drive to accelerate progress for girls and women everywhere.

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-governmental organization working to advance women’s political participation around the world. The Institute empowers women to participate, compete and lead as equal and active partners in democratic change. Mobilizing its global networks and drawing on three decades of experience in 132 countries, NDI supports women’s aspirations for gender equality, and for inclusive and responsive government. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no single democratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies.

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. They strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, supporters and partners in over 75 countries. In 2018, Plan International launched a global five-year campaign, Girls Get Equal, focused on supporting girls’ leadership and political empowerment and the activism of all young people for gender equality.