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Women Deliver 2019 is upon us — and we have much in store for the week at Devex. Whether you’re joining the conference in Vancouver, Canada, or following along elsewhere in the world, we want to make sure you are aware of everything going on from our side during this year’s gathering.

Here are the five things to know about Devex’s presence at Women Deliver — and how to engage with us on site.

1. We’re issuing a Devex @ Women Deliver newsletter each day of the conference

We’ll be publishing a daily inside look at news, trends, and key conversations happening inside the conference. We’ll be diving into issues like the “global gag rule” and the future of safe abortion, gender lens investing, what it means to build strong feminist humanitarian policy, and the future of women’s economic empowerment programming.

You can sign up here. Have a major announcement, new report or burning opinion you would like to share? Get in touch with me directly — or drop a line to — and we’ll see about including it in our newsletter. If you’re interested in sponsoring our special event coverage, you can get in touch with our partnerships team here.

2. We’re hosting an in-person event with USP about investing in equality and access to medicines

On Monday, June 3, we’ll be hosting an event highlighting the inequality women and girls face in accessing safe, affordable medicines and diagnostics. Experts, including MSD for Mothers Executive Director Mary-Ann Etiebet, Women Deliver Board Chair Kristin Hetle, and Global Fund Chief of Staff Marijke Wijnroks, will explore practical ways to bridge the gap through smart health investments, quality assurance, and reliable supply chains to ensure quality health care access for all.

The event will take place inside the Vancouver Convention Center. RSVP here to join in person or join here for the livestream.

3. We’re partnering with #WDLIVE — and have three big events for you to join

We’re working with WD LIVE — the digital program of Women Deliver — to bring some of the week’s biggest global health and development conversations to our digital audience. Here are a few to look out for:

What's next for the world's children? What's driving the improved standard of living for children and adolescents across the developing — and developed — world? With the recent releases of “The Business of Changing the World” and Save the Children's 2019 Global Childhood report, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar hosts Save the Children President Carolyn Miles for a conversation exploring the policies, innovations, and actors advancing youth development. Tuesday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. Join here.

The future of safe abortion. How has the expanded global gag rule affected development programs — and the people they are meant to serve? Devex Associate Editor Kelli Rogers will host a conversation about the systems, policies, and structures needed to ensure the future of safe abortion care. Wednesday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. Join here.

Building a disability-inclusive humanitarian response. Women with disabilities in conflict, disaster, or post-disaster environments are some of the world’s most vulnerable people. In recent years, the humanitarian system has taken steps toward building a more inclusive humanitarian response structure — but have we seen progress? If so, where and how? Devex Associate Editor Kelli Rogers talks to advocates and advisers on disability inclusion for insights on how development can do better for marginalized groups. Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. PDT. Join here.

4. Come say hello!

Our team will be on site all week at Women Deliver. Here’s who will be in Vancouver — and how to get in touch. (By the way, we’re at exhibitor booth 234!)

Raj Kumar, president and editor-in-chief. Raj is moderating a number of conversations throughout the week. Follow him on Twitter and join him Tuesday at the main stage for a conversation about driving equitable economic growth by investing in women — and be sure to check out his new book, “The Business of Changing the World.”

Kelli Rogers, associate editor. Kelli will be leading our news coverage from Vancouver. She’ll be chasing stories around land rights and climate, the future of safe abortion, and equitable humanitarian and community health worker systems — to name a few. Get in touch with Kelli by e-mail or on Twitter to share your gender news and interview pitches.  

Kate Midden, editor and senior manager, News Engagement. Get in touch with by e-mail or Twitter to share your opinions, big announcements or discuss collaboration with the Devex newsroom.

Rebecca Root, reporter and editorial associate. Get in touch by email to share interview pitches, and check out the Facebook Live interviews she’s hosting with Johnson & Johnson.

Jenni Cardamone, director of partnerships. Send Jenni an e-mail to talk about partnership opportunities for campaigns, events, surveys and more — and here’s our full suite of partnership offerings.

5. Follow along online and on social

Stay up to date:

  • On Get the latest development news from Women Deliver and beyond.

  • On Twitter: Stay on top of the latest news and some behind the scenes looks from the conference.

  • On Facebook: Catch the WD LIVE digital event livestreams and related development news. We’ll also be hosting Facebook Live interviews in partnership with Johnson & Johnson about youth advocacy and women in the health workforce.

  • Devex @ Women Deliver newsletter: Did we mention this already? Sign up here.

See you in Vancouver!

Update, May 31: This article has been updated to reflect that the ‘what's next for the world's children?’ #WDLive event will take place Tuesday, June 4 and the ‘future of safe abortion’ #WDLive event will take place on Wednesday, June 5. The exhibitors’ booth number was also updated.

About the author

  • Kate Midden

    Kate Midden is Devex's Engagement Editor. She oversees media partnerships, online events, social media, and Devex’s global opinions section. In the past, she has served as a press officer with USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, overseen media relations for the Center for Global Development, and managed consumer PR and crisis communications for Kaiser Permanente. She started her career as a radio producer for Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ.