Pro Mujer is bringing Latin America to the largest gathering on gender equality worldwide.
This June 3-6 we gathered in Vancouver, Canada with thousands of global leaders for the world’s largest conference on the wellbeing and rights of women & girls.
By drawing upon our decades of experience working with women and girls throughout Latin America, we assembled a broad coalition of organizations, impact investors, social enterprises, activists and thought leaders to create Women Deliver’s Latin America Pavilion. Together, we worked to identify the challenges women and girls in the region face and share solutions to accelerate progress in their lives, families and entire communities.
It’s an exciting time for the Latin America region and we need you with us every step of the way!
Building A #LatinasDeliver Movement
Help us bring leaders together, share powerful stories, organize key events, and make a powerful impact in the hearts and minds of Women Deliver’s participants and our beneficiaries.
The Pavilion proved an opportunity to propel the Latin America region to the world stage, allowing conference visitors to experience a uniquely Latin American space filled with women’s stories, information, and examples of successful development projects. The Pavilion provided three key areas. 1.) A central space that evoked a typical local tienda where visitors could drink coffee and mate and learn about key challenges and innovative solutions to issues that affect Latin America’s women. 2.) a space for creativity and fun, where a prominent Latin American graffiti artist performed on-site, and 3.) a quieter space for one-on-one conversations and meetings.
PRE-EVENT: GENDER-SMART INVESTING IN LATIN AMERICA LUNCHEON
The Gender-Smart Investing in Latin America Luncheon was an invite-only event, hosted by Pro Mujer and Microsoft. The event gathered leaders from the gender-smart investing field from across the world to discuss investment strategies that seek to intentionally and measurably address gender disparities and share innovative strategies to support gender-smart investing. The event served as an opportunity to present findings, lessons learned and outcomes of projects and research in Latin America. Participants included leaders, experts and decision-makers from funds, development institutions, corporations, foundations, family offices, and government agencies engaged and interested in gender-smart investing. Special thanks to Microsoft for providing the venue. Luncheon generously provided by Oikocredit.
CONCURRENT SESSION: BEYOND FINANCIAL INCLUSION: SKILLS BUILDING AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION
This panel was co-organized by Pro Mujer and IDRC. Conversations took a deep dive into the skills gaps women face related to financial education, as well as entrepreneurial training and workforce development, critical themes for building economic empowerment among women.
PLENARY SESSION: THE POWER OF MONEY – DRIVING EQUITABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY INVESTING IN WOMEN.
Maria Cavalcanti, Pro Mujer President & CEO, alongside a leading group of experts spoke about “value for money” investments that yield results – socially and economically -from micro finance and impact investing to changing the way we advertise and invest in the value chain. The idea was to demonstrate real world examples of tangible return on investment. The session was conducted in a conversational interview format with a leading journalist asking questions about the evidence-to-policy and implementation journey, to provide the greatest insights for the audience.
SIDE EVENT: GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE INNOVATHON 2019
Women Deliver participants applied to participate in crowdsourcing creative solutions to preventing and combating gender-based violence. This guided innovation session promoted the emergence of social and cross-sectoral collaboration among social businesses, tech entrepreneurs, activists, NGOs, private corporations and governments. A selection of 50 participants of diverse gender, cultural, professional backgrounds and geographic experiences participated to share successes, failures and innovations against gender-based violence, using guided strategic and design thinking tools.
Special thanks to Hivos, Kering Foundation and The Womanity Foundation for their support.
CONCURRENT SESSION: UNDERSTANDING GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION FOR WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
This panel was co-organized by Pro Mujer and IDRC. Conversation centered on the challenges and opportunities of financial inclusion for women. We explored finance as a tool for closing the gender gap for women entrepreneurs, and discussed the role of digital financial tools for reaching rural and vulnerable populations.
Invite-only. In an informal and friendly atmosphere, we thanked every partner, founder, and supporter, and briefly reviewed main challenges and opportunities for the region, while presenting findings and notes from the week’s sessions, panels, and events.
Special thanks to Deetken Impact and MEDA for their support.