Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions are moderated discussions and interactive workshops that provide a space for participants to delve into key issues, gain knowledge from expert speakers, and learn and enhance their advocacy skills.

Anna Van Acker speaking during a panel discussion at the Deliver for Good side event “Leveraging National Moments for Global Change” at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver.

Concurrent sessions were selected through an open application process, which closed in November 2022. From over 750 applications, 75 on-site and 45 virtual sessions were selected by a diverse review committee. Please see below for some of the topics that will be discussed in this cross-cutting program and some of the interactive skills-building sessions partner organizers are planning. *

Topics At-A-Glance 

  • Accountability
  • Care Economy/Unpaid Care
  • Climate Action
  • Data-driven advocacy
  • Digital Rights
  • Disability Rights
  • Decolonization
  • Economic Justice and Rights
  • Education
  • Feminist Funding
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Health Systems and Workforce
  • LGBTQI+ Rights
  • Male Engagement
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Meaningful Youth Engagement and Leadership
  • Menstrual Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Skills-Building Workshops At-A-Glance 

  • Developing accountability frameworks
  • Questioning our biases
  • Conducting and using gender inclusive research
  • How to be an ally
  • Engaging with your local government
  • Incorporating feminist leadership at your workplace
  • Telling your organization’s story
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Using theater for social change

You can view the full list of Concurrent Session organizers here.

*Please note this is not a complete list of topics related to gender equality that will be discussed at WD2023. 

WD2023 will adopt a new approach to organizing the Concurrent program; Concurrent sessions will be organized through a matrix approach developed with the input and feedback from the WD2023 Advisory Group. Through this matrix approach, WD2023 attendees will be able to  tailor their experience at the Conference according to 1) WD2023’s objectives, 2) their issue areas of interest, 3) their desired learning approaches/formats, and 4) specific advocacy strategies. Whether it’s organizing a skills-building workshop, facilitating a thought leadership panel, or sharing lessons learned from program implementation, we encourage you to think creatively when designing your session! You can click here to learn more about WD2023’s Concurrent program approach and to read the guidelines for organizers.


Any organization working to advance gender equality and the health and wellbeing of girls and women was welcome to apply. Organizers were strongly encouraged to submit an application in partnership with other organization(s), coalition, or network. Organizations could submit up to three applications in total for either on-site and/or virtual Concurrent sessions.

Application process

Applications for on-site and virtual sessions were open from 19 July 2022, until 2 November 2022.

Applications were reviewed by the WD2023 Advisory Group and Women Deliver Staff. 

Concurrent speakers (up to five) and organizers (up to two) will have access to a discounted registration rate.

Additionally, Women Deliver has set aside scholarships for Concurrent sessions, which organizers may access by requesting financial support for up to one speaker.