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IDRC is gathering with thousands of gender equality leaders and advocates from all over the world in Kigali, Rwanda, for the Women Deliver 2023 conference, from July 17–20, 2023.

IDRC’s innovative research programming promotes solutions at the intersection of some of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing women in the Global South: the use of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly in health; climate change; and inequality in the care economy.

At Women Deliver, IDRC is raising awareness about the promise of responsible AI to improve health outcomes for women. AI solutions are increasingly used to address unmet sexual, reproductive and maternal health needs and to strengthen health systems more broadly, but biases and exclusions in health-related applications must be addressed.

Through several Women Deliver events, IDRC is also championing the development of solutions that can address gender inequality in the care economy. A disproportionate amount of unpaid care work falls on women everywhere in the world, including the care of children and the elderly, cleaning, cooking, and fetching water and fuel. IDRC co-hosted panels explore the unpaid care responsibilities of women healthcare workers and the green technologies that can relieve women’s household care work, while also empowering them to lead low-carbon transitions. A day-long pre-conference event organized and hosted by 17 organizations will strategize on how to scale policies to redress inequalities in paid and unpaid care, promote investment in solutions and further strengthen movements for care justice.

IDRC is committed to supporting transformational change that addresses deeply rooted and structural power relations to move the needle on women’s equality. A co-hosted panel discusses gender transformative approaches that have helped position women livestock farmers to participate in, and benefit from, livestock vaccine value chains.

IDRC is proud to be a Women Deliver conference sponsor. We believe that innovative research from the Global South will help achieve the goal of gender equality, if it is grounded in women’s local realities and respects their agency. 

IDRC events at Women Deliver

Here are a few more events organized by IDRC research partners:

Beyond warm words: achieving gender-just, low-carbon economies in practice, part of the Women Deliver virtual conference, July 19, 4:00 – 5:15 pm (CAT), organized by SouthSouthNorth and Climate and Development Knowledge Network.  

SheVax+ documentary launch at the Women Deliver Arts & Film Festival, July 20, 10:00 – 10:30 am (CAT), organized by Tufts University and Afrohun. 

Read more about the issues we are championing at Women Deliver 2023

Top image: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking | PeopleImages | IDRC/James Rodriguez, Panos Pictures