Women Deliver Conference and Advocacy

Women Deliver advocates for gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights, including through the Women Deliver Conference. Investment cases and concrete solutions developed by Women Deliver and partners are used by a diversity of global actors such as the UN, governments including Switzerland, civil society and private sector. Their evidence-based advocacy contributes to the global movement for gender equality.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Reproductive health & rights
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
15.11.2018 - 01.07.2022
CHF 1'000'000
Background Gender equality, including in sexual and reproductive health and rights, is essential to reduce poverty. Evidence shows that that a reduction in the gap between men and women’s participation in the labor force results in faster economic growth. For every additional year of education for women, child mortality decreases by 9.5%. Yet, progress is mixed: 64% of illiterate adults are women. Only 29% of countries have achieved gender parity at the upper secondary level. The global context shows that gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights are increasingly under threat and yet there is also a unique opportunity for targeted, evidence-based advocacy.
Objectives Enhanced influence on policies and investments for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, including sexual and reproductive, health, and rights (SRHR), by advocates and influencers globally and nationally.
Target groups

Direct target groups include advocates, influencers, decision-makers, and enablers globally, involved in the area of gender equality, health and sexual and reproductive health and rights more specifically. Amongst the target group are many SDC partners, including the World Bank, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, Un Women.

Final target groups include all women and men, boys and girls, with focus on low and middle income countries.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Increased access to and knowledge of effective advocacy, tools and processes for gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, including SRHR by targeted groups
  • Increased access to gender disaggregated data, research and evidence by enablers, influencers and advocates

Expected results:  

  1. Empowerments provided to in-person and virtual attendees of the 2019 Conference.
  2. Advocacy, communications tools and materials for gender equality and girls' and women's health, rights and wellbeing disseminated to advocates, influencers and enablers at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference.
  3.  Advocacy and communications bootcamp on how to advocate for gender equality and girls' and women's health, rights and wellbeing provided to selected participants at the 2019 Conference.
  4. Grants provided to research organizations to fill in evidence gaps on gender equality and girls' and women's health, rights, and wellbeing.
  5. Tools and materials that capture the evidence generated by the research grants developed and disseminated to advocates, influencers and enablers.

Results from previous phases:   5759 people from 169 countries attended the 2016 Women Deliver Conference (of which 20% young people). 97% of participants said in the post-conference survey that they will take one or more action, as a results of having attended the conference. The Conference generated 1’195 original stories, blog posts and op-eds in 20 languages across 72 countries and 6 continents. Tweets from the conference reached 67 million unique Twitter accounts and generated 1.8 billion Twitter impressions. For its continuous advocacy work, Women Deliver has developed and published easy to use gender specific investment cases for various sectors to support advocacy work of a variety of actors. Women Deliver has also identified and shared 77 research gaps in gender equality. Based on its thorough analysis, Women Deliver advised a variety of global actors, such as UN, private sector companies, governments and foundations.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation

Other partners
Governments, NGOs, private sector
Coordination with other projects and actors UN (e.g. UNFPA, UN Women, WHO UNICEF, WFP), OECD-DAC
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   866'978
Project phases Phase 1 15.11.2018 - 01.07.2022   (Current phase)