Panelists on stage speaking at WD2019

The plenary stage will feature ten critical conversations to advance gender equality and cover the following topics.

1) Gender Equality in the Era of Multiple Crises

This plenary offers a moment to take stock of the state of gender equality in the past few years in the context of compounding global crises. It will examine the intersectional impacts of global crises on gender equality in light of what we have achieved, where progress is most needed, and the actions we have to take to propel systemic change.


2) The State of Gender Equality in the African Region

Bringing together political, economic, and social leaders, this plenary focuses on the status of gender equality and parity in Africa, with a specific emphasis on the Maputo Protocol. The session aims to acknowledge achievements, celebrate progress, and foster discussions on overcoming challenges in the region, providing a platform for action-oriented dialogue.


3) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This plenary discusses urgent challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), specifically the right to bodily autonomy and the global impact of abortion restrictions.  Panelists will explore consequences for public health, gender equality, and climate, aiming for sustained progress towards universal decision-making rights.


4) Accountability of Gender Equality Commitments

Over the past few years, we have seen many commitments made towards gender equality. How do we hold commitment makers accountable? This plenary will discuss accountability mechanisms in achieving gender equality commitments and provide a forum for civil society organizations, youth, and grassroots activists to hold leaders accountable, explore gaps, and propose solutions.


5) Connecting Climate Justice and Gender Justice

This plenary connects climate justice and gender justice, emphasizing the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable girls and women. It brings together diverse stakeholders to prioritize their inclusion in climate action, amplifying grassroots voices and sharing recommendations for collective action towards climate justice.


6) Feminist Polices

This plenary explores systemic alternatives and feminist policies that challenge existing paradigms and reimagine a feminist future. Feminist thought leaders, policy makers, and activists will explore innovative policy approaches that promote equity, economic justice, and sustainable peace.


7) Countering Global Anti-Rights Movements

This plenary session will address the global rollback of rights and the challenges faced by feminists due to anti-gender and anti-rights movements. Delegates will gain insights into these movements and collectively strategize to safeguard rights and mobilize resources.


8) Decolonization

This plenary explores the progress and challenges of decolonizing the international development and gender sector. Experts and leaders discuss solutions, accountability, and the importance of anti-racism in our work. The session aims to drive change and promote a new model for a more equitable and inclusive approach.


9) Movement Building

Inclusive movements are vital to achieving global gender equality. This plenary is a space led by grassroots feminists and activists who are building intersectional and intergenerational movements.


10) Sustaining Feminist Movements

Movements and change require resources. This plenary explores the need for a feminist approach to funding, highlighting the lack of support for grassroots feminist activists. It aims to shift power dynamics, address inequalities, and amplify the voices of marginalized groups through novel funding strategies and partnerships.