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From July 17th to July 20th, 2023, Rwanda stood at the forefront of a transformative movement as it hosted the Women Deliver Conference at the prestigious Kigali Convention Center. This global event, one of the largest gatherings dedicated to advancing gender equality, brought together 6,000 individuals in person and over 200,000 participants online through the virtual conference. With a series of side events hosted across various hotels in Kigali, the conference was a resounding testament to Rwanda’s commitment to empowering women and driving collective action for a brighter future.

At the heart of Women Deliver conference 2023 were five powerful objectives that resonated deeply with the conference’s spirit: Catalyzing Collective Action for Gender Equality, Holding Leaders Accountable, Empowering the Feminist Movement, Reframing Who Leads, and creating Space for Change.

During this transformative event, the Rwanda NGOs Forum emerged as a beacon of change and empowerment. With an exhibition booth at the conference, the Forum showcased its interventions in women’s health and socioeconomic development. These interventions encompassed a wide spectrum, including but not limited to women’s sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, women and HIV, and the intersection of women and Malaria.

Moreover, the Rwanda NGOs Forum took its commitment a step further by hosting several impactful side events in collaboration with esteemed partners. Organizations such as the Global Fund, Imbuto Foundation and Her voice in collaboration with Rwanda NGOs Forum hosted a side event titled “Domestic Resource mobilization for health; a must to attain Gender Equality”, and Rwanda NGOs in the health and human rights sector joined forces to foster meaningful discussions, share best practices, and collectively envision a world where women’s rights and well-being are paramount.  

The Women Deliver Conference 2023 was more than an event; it was a catalyst for change, a platform for empowerment, and a symbol of hope for a future where gender equality thrives. In line with the WD Conference, Rwanda NGOs Forum took pleasure of this monumental gathering, to also celebrate advocacy allies in the Global fund replenishments during a CSOs Appreciation event on 17th July evening themed: Together in the fight against HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and strengthening health systems; to recognize the role and participation of CSOs and communities in resource mobilization and other advocacy initiatives of the Global Fund.