Women Deliver began in 2007 with a ground-breaking meeting that put maternal health on the global policy agenda. Since then, it has convenes global conferences every three years. Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, taking place 16-19 May 2016, was the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Building on the successes of Women Deliver’s three previous global gatherings-in London in 2007, in Washington in 2010, and in Kuala Lumpur in 2013, the 2016 Conference brought together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, young people, researchers, and leaders of corporate companies and civil society to showcase what it means and how it works when girls and women become the focus of development efforts.
The conference focused on the implementation of the SDGs so that they matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health – in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and on gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.
The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, in partnership with the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), and other regional parliamentarians’ fora, brought together around 80 Parliamentarians from around the world in a Parliamentarians’ Forum during the Women Deliver Conference.
The Parliamentarians’ Forum was intended to offer an excellent opportunity for new and motivated parliamentarians to meet with well-known champion members of parliament in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights at the national, regional and global levels.
The Forum enabled productive and structured dialogue on the successes, challenges and obstacles in advancing women’s and girls’ health and rights and delivering solutions for their advancement on a global scale. It enabled participants to focus on the most critical issues surrounding the rights, health, empowerment and well-being of women and girls and to develop strategies and sharpen programmes to improve them.
Dr Stone also chaired the plenary session where a keynote speech was delivered by the UN Special Advisor Mr. David Nabarro. His presentation centered on new development framework: Women and Girls in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).