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The Education Hub at Women Deliver 2019
Event Date: 
Tue, 2019/06/04 - Thu, 2019/06/06
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In the first week of June, thousands of gender equality advocates will head to Vancouver for Women Deliver 2019, the world's largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.

Quality education is the foundation for gender equality and that’s why the Global Partnership for Education, Malala FundPlan InternationalUNESCO and UNGEI have joined forces to highlight the power of education.

The Education Hub, hosted within the conference’s Fueling Station, will bring together partners from across sectors to discuss how Girls + Education = Power. Progress. Change.



Education Hub Program 


Tuesday, June 4


Back to the classroom - Comprehensive sexuality education lesson simulation
9.00 - 09.45
Speaker: Anna-Kay Magnus Watson, National Coordinator, HFLE/HIV and AIDS Education, Ministry of Education, Jamaica


A girl's life: The interconnected impact of nutrition, education, and health on every girl
10:00 – 10:45
Speakers: Jodie Ortega, Spoken word poet/rapper, Madge Thomas, Senior Director Global Policy, Global Citizen, Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Education, Carmen Burbano WFP, Director, School Feeding WFP, Lauren Dobson-Hughes, Principal Consultant, Thrive Campaign for Global Health, Christina Kwauk, Brookings Institute lead on climate change and girls' education


Feminist international assistance and the promotion of gender transformative education – Canada’s investment
11:00 – 11:30
Speakers: Diane Jacovella, Deputy Minister of International Development, Canada, Caroline Riseboro, CEO of Plan International Canada


Mic drop: Lights, camera, activism: Youth voices for education
11:30 – 12:00
Speakers: Dennis Glasgow, Director, ASPIRE Youth Network Guyana, Dahlia, Global Youth Influencer, Plan International, William Ottuck, artist and advocate, Edith Esinam Asamani, Founder, Knitweb Foundation 


Real talk
12:00 – 12:30
Speakers: Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary of Education International


Facing the facts: Confronting debates around comprehensive sexuality education - UNESCO - GEM Report policy paper launch
12:30 – 1:30
Moderator: Vivian Onano, Young Leader with Women Deliver and Youth Advisor to the Global Education Monitoring Report
Panelists: Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia and UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls
Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Member of the Board for Women Deliver and Chair of the Global Education Monitoring Report Advisory Board
Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Anna-Kay Magnus Watson, National Coordinator for Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) and HIV/AIDS , Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica
Presenter: Joanna Herat, Senior Program Specialist, UNESCO


The role of CSOs in achieving gender justice through education
13:30 – 14:00
Speakers: Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International, and Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Oxfam


Purposeful productions – A youth led feminist initiative in Sierra Leone
14:00 – 14:30
Speakers: Chernor Bah  #ShesAGirlFirst (tbc)


Refugee girls at a crossroads: Helping would-be brides choose education
14:30 – 15:00
Speakers: Hiba Hamzi, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion, Naba’a - Developmental Action Without Borders, Interviewer Olja Busbaher, Grants Associate, Malala Fund


Real talk
15:00 – 15:30
Speakers: Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Special Envoy on Youth, and Hannah Vaughan Jones


Intergenerational dialogue – The role of education in feminist leadership
15:30 – 16:00
Speakers: Gabriella Boucher, COO of Plan International, Tebogo, Global Youth Influencer, Plan International


Real talk
16:30 – 17:00
Speakers: Julia Gillard, Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education, Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Educationand, and Hannah Vaughan Jones


Community-driven organizations and agency for adolescent girls
17:00 – 17:30
Speakers: Margaret Butler, Coordinator of AMPLIFY, Maria Omare, Kenya Action Foundation founder, Sasha Rabsey, The How Fund



Wednesday, June 5


Back to the classroom - Comprehensive sexuality education lesson simulation 
9:00 – 9:45
Speakers: Nicole Cheetham, Director, International Youth Health and Rights Division, Advocates for Youth, Patricia Machawira, Regional Health Advisor, UNESCO


Strengthening cross-sectoral partnerships for girls' education and health
10:00 – 10:30
Moderator:  Hannah Vaughan Jones, CNN
Panelists: Patricia Machawira, Regional Health Advisor, UNESCO;  Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, WHO; Danielle Engel, Technical Specialist, Adolescents and Youth, UNFPA HQ Specialist.


Mic drop: Youth strike back: Leading education movements
11:30 – 12:00
Speakers: Rayne, Executive Director, Students Say No and March for Our Education, Miriam, Global Youth Influencer, Plan International, Kim, Youth Advisory Panel Member, Plan International Germany


What do cross-sectoral gender indices tell us about progress in girls’ secondary education?
12:00 – 12:30
Speakers: Albert Motivans, Equal Measures 2030


National policy to community action: Lessons learned in advancing girls' education
12:30 – 1:00
Speakers: Dolores Dixon, Executive Director – Canada & Global Programs, CAMFED – Campaign for Female Education, Angela Nakafeero, Gender Technical Adviser, Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda, Rita Bissoonauth, AU Center for Women and Girls’ Education


Political leadership for girls’ education: What will it take?
13:15 – 14:00
Speakers: Nora Fyles,  Head of UNGEI Secretariat, Pauline Rose,  Director of the REAL Center, Cambridge University, Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Board Chair of FAWE, Joanna Roper, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK


The world's best development investment? Why girls' education deserves financing at full force and wow to make it happen
14:00 – 15:00
Speakers: Lucia Fry, Research and Policy Manager, Malala Fund, and Pamela Okoroigwe, Senior Legal Officier ar Legal Defence and Assistance Project


Road from Dakar 
15:30 – 16:00
Speakers: Julia Gillard, Mohamed Sidibay, Hannah Vaughan Jones


Advancing the education and health nexus in the women and girls agenda
16:00 – 16:30
Speakers: Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Loyce Maturu, GFAN


Is gender-transformative education truly inclusive?
16:30 – 17:00
Speakers: Kevin Frey, CEO, Right To Play, Co-Chairing Organization of CIEPWG; Chernor Bah, Co-Founder and CEO, Purposeful; Jacob Thomas, interim-Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network



Thursday, June 6


Back to the classroom - Comprehensive sexuality education lesson simulations
9:00 – 9:45
Speakers: Estafani Troisi Benitez, Universidad de la Republica and Iniciativas Sanitarias, Uruguay, Nicole Cheetham, Director, International Youth Health and Rights Division, Advocates for Youth


Strengthening cross-sectoral dialogues: Bridging the gap in adolescent nutrition education
10:00 – 10:30
Speakers: Marion Roche, Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescents' & Women's Health & Nutrition, Nutrition International


Healthy, educated and immunized girls – How do we accelerate human capital development and provide a booster to the SDGs?
10:30 – 11:00
Speakers: Chizoba Wonodi, GAVI, Geoff Adlide, Global Partnership for Education, Olaoluwa Abagun, ONE


The role of law in girls' education: A Nigerian lawyer takes the case when practice doesn't match policy
11:00 – 11:30
Speakers: Pamela Okoroigwe, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion, Legal Defence and Assistance Project. Interviewer: Olja Busbaher, Grants Associate, Malala Fund


Mic drop: Addressing gender norms and sexual and reproductive health rights in & through education
11:30 – 12:00
Speakers: Vivian Onano,Youth Advisor, Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO and Women Deliver Board Member, David Imbago Jácome, Managing Director, YCSRR, Kinga Wisniewska, Senior Resource Mobilization Officer, FRIDA Jacob Thomas, Coordinator, CYGEN


Intergenerational dialogues- Bridging movements for gender transformative education
12:00 – 12:45
Speakers: Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, CEO of Razario Memorial Trust, Rayne Fisher-Quann, Founder March for our Education, and Olaoluwa Abagun, young activist and lawyer from Nigeria


A social and behavior change campaign to address early and unintended pregnancy in Eastern and Southern Africa
13:30 – 14:00
Speakers: Patricia Machawira, Regional HIV and Health Education Advisor UNESCO, Tafadzwa Madondo, Save the Children