Posted by Kimberley Meijers on October 17, 2016 at 9:07 am
On Wednesday 5 October, we as Share-Net members had the pleasure of meeting Jill Sheffield and Katja Iversen, the organisers of the Global Women Deliver Conference that took place in May this year in Denmark. They were travelling to various countries to meet with key stakeholders to collect first hand feedback on the 2016 conference and ideas for the next Women Deliver conference that will take place in April 2019. As one of the participants of this meeting, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I felt it was a great honor to meet these inspiring ladies, learn about the results of the past Conference and what’s in the pipeline for the next one.
As Katja and Jill explained, Women Deliver is not an ‘ordinary’ type of conference. It aims not just to show solutions but to grow solutions. Expert teams are leading thematic tracks for the conference programme and with support from the WD team, they get one year to find solutions that are then presented at the conference. WD works with an advisory group of 30 organisations who decide on the conference programme, tracks and expert teams. Although they understand our critical feedback that this makes the process for selection of speakers and sessions for the main programme not transparent, and difficult for individual organizations or persons to ‘get a slot’ in the programme, as a small NGO they simply don’t have the capacity to go through a selection process of abstracts and they find that open competition through abstracts does not necessarily generate the best programme. So for all of us who want to influence the main programme, we need to work through Share-Net and our Ministry to do so. And for the 2019 conference (location not yet known) the WD team will proactively create a lot of space for side-events.
The next conference will again have a pre-conference for the private sector, as this was also one of the key successes from the last conference. And like the past conference, the next conference aims for high involvement of young people. This was one of the greatest and most appreciated successes of the 2016 conference. Forty percent of the WD budget goes to scholarships for young people, who are engaged through the youth leaders programme. In the pipeline: the WD team is working on a shorter version of this online curriculum, and to make it available for non WD youth. In 2017 they will take up new young leaders in their programme, who sign up for 3 years. The youth leaders programme is experienced as serious capacity building by the young people who participate, but also by the NGOs they work or volunteer for. In case you’re interested, as Katje put it: “We will blast it big when new youth can sign up”. Make sure you’re registering for the Women Deliver newsletter!
One of the key outputs of the last conference, is the Solutions Panorama: Ideas that Deliver for Girls and Women. WD is now working on an interactive database where we can keep adding our solutions. The other key output is the Deliver for Good global campaign that applies a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals and promotes 12 critical investments in girls and women to power progress for all. The 12 policy briefs are hugely useful for our own lobby and advocacy activities and Katja and Jill highly encourage us to join the movement and to adapt the briefs for our own social media campaigns. Please visit the website for more information: http://womendeliver.org/
See you at the Women Deliver Conference in April 2019!
On behalf of Share-Net and Rutgers,
Miranda van Reeuwijk