Rwanda: Women Deliver – Five Key Outcomes From Kigali Meet

The Women Deliver Conference wrapped up on July 20 leaving behind a trail of hope and inspiration in the pursuit of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls worldwide.

The conference which attracted over 6,300 participants including over 100 journalists and content creators, 600 scholars, and 87 sponsors representing 170 countries, became a platform for concrete commitments to empower women and drive progress.

The five-day conference saw passionate discussions on supporting women and girls with funding and resources to challenge harmful norms and advocate for institutional and legislative reforms.

At the closing press briefing, the President and CEO of Women Deliver, Maliha Khan, highlighted the need for securing bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls.

Key outcomes and commitments

1. Campaign to close the gender nutrition gap: Over 40 organizations launched a campaign to address nutrition inequalities affecting women and girls globally. The Action Agenda co-created with governments outlines transformative actions to improve their nutrition and well-being.

2. Kigali Call to Action: United for Women and Girls’ Bodily Autonomy: UNFPA announced this initiative to accelerate investments and actions, placing women-led organizations and the feminist movement at its core. The call aims to achieve bodily autonomy, reproductive rights, and gender equality by 2030.

3. RESPECT Women website launch: WHO, UN Women, UNFPA, and UNDP came together to launch the RESPECT Women online platform, aiming to combat violence against women and girls effectively. The platform seeks to drive tangible actions and invest in evidence-based resources for violence prevention and response while promoting gender equality.