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Best of Women Deliver Quotes

The energy during the opening plenary session of the 2016 Women Deliver Conference was high. Women’s activists from around the world had convened to learn from and connect with one another, in light of the ushering in of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to explore how gender equality will fit into the global 2030 agenda. As I entered the plenary - with seating for the 5,733 attendees - I got a rush of excitement, and a feeling that I was part of a movement much larger than myself. The Women Deliver Conference has after all, been lauded as the "world's largest global conference on the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women in the last decade."

Photo exhibit- "You are my reflection" by Kito Mbiango

The three and half day conference was jam-packed full of interesting plenaries, concurrent sessions and exhibit hall events. There was a wide array of topics from technological advances, to the SDGs, to maternal mortality, to more pleasure - making it difficult to choose how to use my time most wisely. It would take too long to go through every event and session I attended and what I learned; including my encounters with some of the most amazing activists. Instead, I will leave you with the most impactful quotes from the conference.

Also, please check out these interesting campaigns that I learned about during the Women Deliver Conference - #likeagirl and “If you don’t tell them, then who will?”

“We need to work together like never before”

- Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

“Gender equality is no longer a side show”

- Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

“When you invest in women and girls everyone wins”

- Katja Iverson, CEO, Women Deliver

“Education is the vehicle for peace”

- Sakena Yacoobi, CEO and Founder, Afghan Institute of Learning

“Women and girls aren’t just on the agenda, they are the agenda”

- Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“We can’t close the gender gap, without closing the data gap”

- Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Education is a patient investment”

- Julia Gillard, Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education, Former Prime Minister of Australia

“Women and girls need the space to discuss their liberation”

- Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA

“To end patriarchy we need to change hearts and minds”

- Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s Development Fund

“Only 3% of research and development in pharmaceutical companies goes to contraception”

- Saundra Pelletier, CEO, Evofem and CEO, WomenCare Global

“Sex education needs to be delivered by the right person, in the right way, at the right time”

- Kaitlin Ball, Global Marketing Manager, Evofem

“The SDGs are universal. They are not just for those people over there.”

- Peter Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

“Currently, the rate of technological advance is slow, but in the next 15 years it will be much faster”

- Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson

“The needle has not moved at all on GBV”

- Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, Plan International

“Puberty education is the basis for girls empowerment”

- Faiza Lahlou, Communications Director, Procter & Gamble, Europe

“56% of girls lose confidence at puberty”

- Faiza Lahlou, Communications Director, Procter & Gamble, Europe

“Mass campaigns have the power to shift mindsets”

- Faiza Lahlou, Communications Director, Procter & Gamble, Europe

“Spoken Word allows people to reclaim space and voice”

- Sore Agbaje, Spoken Word Poet, I Sell The Shadow

“We get power from others telling their story”

- Cecile Richards, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“Technology will change everything we know”

- Wadah Khanfar, President, Al Sharq Forum, Editor, Huffington Post Arabi

“We need to think of women and girls not just as beneficiaries but as agents of their own change”

- Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

“I want to pull the stigma off everything”

- Jessica Biel, Actress and Ambassador for WomenCare Global’s “If You Don’t Tell Them, Then Who Will?” campaign

“After puberty, boys choices multiple and girls choices shrink”

- Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commission for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Moments like we have had make movements”

- Katja Iverson, CEO, Women Deliver

Were you at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference or watched the live feed? What was your biggest take-away from the conference? Let us know below.

 
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