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Thousands coming to Vancouver for international conference on gender equality

There are more than 1,500 names on the waiting list for the Women Deliver conference, which focuses on the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women across the globe.

The waiting list for the Women Deliver conference has more than 1,500 names on it

The popular conference is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from June 3 to 6. (© Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Thousands of women and leaders from around the world are coming to Vancouver this week for one of the largest international gatherings on gender equality.

Tickets have been sold out for weeks and there are more than 1,500 names on the waiting list for the Women Deliver conference, which focuses on the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women across the globe.

More than 6,000 leaders, advocates and influencers are expected to attend the event, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  

"This conference will be something we all look back on as the moment the world got smaller by growing our networks and uniting us," said Genesa Greening, president of the B.C. Women's Health Foundation.  

The focus for 2019 is power as a driving force behind progress and change.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, women’s rights advocate and wife of Canada's prime minister (left), and Women Deliver conference CEO Katja Iversen (right), are two of the prominent women speaking at the 2019 Women Deliver conference this week. (Clare Hennig/CBC)

The discussion topics range from the power of data collection and technology to economic growth to gender-based violence.

Women Deliver last held a conference in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event was regarded as a tremendous success for pushing issues of gender equality onto the global stage.

Canada was chosen for this year's conference because of its reputation as "one of the countries in the world that steps up for girls and women," according to a spokesperson with the organization.   

The event kicks off Monday at the Vancouver Convention Centre with opening remarks by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and conference CEO Katja Iversen. It runs until Thursday, June 6.


  • An earlier version of this story inaccurately described Genesa Greening's title. She is the president of the B.C. Women's Health Foundation, not the B.C. Women's Hospital Foundation.
    Jun 10, 2019 1:01 PM PT


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