Over 5,500 people across the global meet in Copenhagen, Denmark for a four day convention, the fourth global Women Deliver Conference(#WD2016) aimed at sharing experiences, challenges, and lessons and to advocate for improved access to health, education, participation and investment for girls and women.
Young people were welcomed with two day Youth Pre-Conference; which brought together over 600 young people around the world under the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and the youth scholarship program.
“If we believe that child marriage has no place in our future, we must be daring enough to ask that we have resources” said Yemurai Nyoni, Women Deliver Board Member, and 2013 Women Deliver Young Leader during the opening remarks.
At the youth pre-conference, the Women Deliver Young Leaders used this opportunity to introduce themselves and learn more about each other. Young people are engaged in interactive and participatory sessions that enable them to understand their values as they pertain to various aspects of girls, women, and young people’s health, rights, and wellbeing.
Through the Women Deliver Youth Working Groups, young people took part in small group discussions groups and workshops to build and strengthen skills in Youth Leadership, Coalition Building, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Accountability, Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Youth-Friendly Services.
The four-day convention, the fourth Women Deliver Conference was officially opened on Tuesday by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Patron of the Women Deliver 2016 Conference.
“When we invest in girls and women, society as a whole benefits because girls and women as the world’s greatest untapped resource” she added
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, the CEO and founder of Afghan Institute of Learning said she has educated thousands of girls in hostile environment in Afghanistan during the opening ceremony.
“Everybody’s has a role to play in protecting girls such that they can reach full potential” said Dr. Babatunde; UNFPA Executive Director during the opening ceremony.
He described the issue of child marriage as one of bad traditional practice that still exist in his country especially among the senators who marry off 12 year old girls.
“We don’t know enough about the barriers holding women and girls back neither do we have sufficient information to track progress against the promises made to women and girls hence making a commitment to invest in better data, policies and accountability,” Melinda Gates said during her keynote speech at the conference.
The Women Deliver Flash mob at #WD2016!!!
Just minutes before the closing ceremony at Women Deliver Conference 2016, Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU) with support from Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition staged a creative Flash MOB with nearly 50 young people across the global.
The Flash MOB was aimed at engaging young people into discussion on issues related to reproductive health supplies as well as advocate for increase in access to contraception use.
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Young people danced to energetic and thrilling dance moves while wearing yellow t- shirts dubbed “Which part of My Right to Contraception do you understand?”. The Flash Mob was led by PHAU Team Leader – Segawa Patrick; an SRH Avenger and Women Deliver Young Leader from Uganda.