FHI 360 at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference

A girl wearing a black football jersey smiles and leans against a fence

July 17–20, 2023
Kigali, Rwanda

In-person and online
In Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, FHI 360’s Integrated Response to Affected Mozambique Populations (IRAMP) project works to provide services for protection, health, water and sanitation, and nutrition. Sara Ibrahimo* is a girl at a safe healing and learning space in Cabo Delgado’s Metuge District. *Name has been changed. Credit: Mbuto Machili for FHI 360

Join FHI 360 at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) — one of the largest multisectoral convenings to advance gender equality. As a global leader in gender, equity, safeguarding and social inclusion, FHI 360 is proud to be part of this influential gathering.


At WD2023, FHI 360 will contribute its expertise and collaborate with diverse partners to foster inclusive and co-created spaces. We believe that solidarity is essential in the search for sustainable solutions on gender equality. Through engaging discussions, thought-provoking sessions and impactful partnerships, we aim to drive meaningful change and inspire innovative approaches to gender-related challenges.


Join us at WD2023 to be part of this transformative movement toward a more inclusive and equitable world. Visit our booth, which will complement the conference’s theme of “Spaces, Solidarity and Solutions” and share the work we do to ensure that women and girls around the world have access to the opportunities they need to lead full and healthy lives. Or join us online to engage in meaningful dialogue and explore how we can collectively create a healthy, thriving future for women and girls everywhere.

Technical presence

Tuesday July 18, 5:30–7:00 p.m. CAT  |  In‑person

Opportunities Within Reach: How Do You Make Locally Led Development Work for Women?

Description: How do we make locally led development work for women? This panel of activists, moderated by Tessie San Martin, CEO of FHI 360, will explore how designing programs with local leaders can lead to sustainable and effective outcomes for women. Women are often disproportionately affected by poverty, lack of access to education and health care, and limited economic opportunities. Elevating the influence of women in their communities through locally led development can address these challenges and create positive change. By engaging and investing in women’s leadership and skills, local communities can achieve greater economic and social progress.


Locally led development initiatives that prioritize women’s roles in the solutions can take many forms, and we aim to explore what works — and what doesn’t. Panelists will share their experiences around access to education and vocational training and discuss the ways in which locally led development promotes gender equality, reduces poverty, and supports the development of inclusive and sustainable economies.


Panelists will also talk about the underlying structural and cultural factors that contribute to gender inequality, such as discrimination and violence against women. Drawing from personal experiences and lessons learned, they will share their thoughts on how locally led development initiatives can create sustainable and equitable change for women and their communities.


Moderator: Tessie San Martin, CEO, FHI 360

Amina Umuhoza, CEO, SAYE Company Ltd. (Rwanda)
Ashlee Burnett, Learning, Research, and Creative Lead, Transform Education, UNGEI, and Advisor to the Global Advisory Committee for the Caribbean Region, FRIDA (Trinidad and Tobago)
Josephine Kamara, Senior Advocacy Manager, We Are Purposeful (Sierra Leone)
Shanna Marzilli, President and CEO, Plan International USA (United States)
Mayerli, Equality Accelerator Youth Advocate, Plan International (Guatemala)

Wednesday July 19, 1:30–3 p.m. CAT  |  In-person and online

Taking Action to Close the Gender Nutrition Gap

Description: Nutrition is a feminist issue, as women and girls bear the brunt of global malnutrition. Gender inequalities underlie why women and girls have inadequate access to nutritious diets and nutrition services and experience poor practices. This session calls for urgent collective action to close the gender nutrition gap. It will showcase the latest evidence on women’s and girls’ nutrition from UNICEF’s Undernourished and Overlooked: A Global Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women; share experiences from inspiring leaders and advocates; and launch a global, co-created Action Agenda that calls for bold, gender-transformative actions to improve women’s and girls’ nutrition.


Organizer: Deborah Ash, Director, Women’s Nutrition, FHI 360

Moderator:  Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director, Micronutrient Forum

H.E Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, First Lady of Ghana and African Leader for Nutrition Champion (TBC)
Rania Dagash-Kamara, Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF
Dr. Ajay Khera, Country Representative, EngenderHealth (India)
Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch (Nigeria)
Dr. Anita Zaidi, President, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States)
Pauline Mapfumo, Youth Nutrition Advocate and Nutritionist (Zimbabwe)

Wednesday July 19, 2:15–3:30 p.m. CAT  |  Online

Shifting Power to Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Innovations in Multisectoral Interventions

Description: Mentorship and economic strengthening are two types of interventions intended to expand the agency of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to generate sustainable outcomes across multiple sectors, such as HIV prevention, family planning, mental health, education, and economic empowerment. However, evidence shows that the potential impact of mentorship hinges largely on the quality of the mentoring relationships, and economic strengthening approaches need to be grounded in market demand to be effective.


This online session will discuss emerging evidence on innovative, women-led approaches in PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) programming and other multisectoral initiatives, with a focus on mentorship and labor market assessments led by youth. 


A panel consisting of one DREAMS participant from FHI 360’s DREAMS project in South Africa, a private sector partner, a youth-led implementing partner and a Uganda-based expert in mentoring representing the FHI 360 Sexual Health and Reproductive Education (SHARE) project will discuss how these innovations use best practices to put AGYW at the center of decision-making. The session will be moderated by an expert on youth and HIV issues from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The audience will then be invited to join an interactive dialogue discussing implications for other contexts and next steps, including how local private sector and other actors can be incentivized to contribute to participants’ ongoing success after a donor-funded intervention ends.


Moderator: Annaliese Limb, Senior Youth and HIV Advisor, USAID

Sharon Sibanda, Program Coordinator, Egoli Youth Empowerment (South Africa)
Sinoyolo Mandoyi, Program Participant, FHI 360 DREAMS (South Africa)
Dennis Kibwola, Technical Advisor, FHI 360 SHARE Project (Uganda)
Nowshin Chowdhury, Young Leader, Women Deliver (Bangladesh)

Media Inquiries

For questions about FHI 360's presence at this event, reach out to our team.
Christy Delafield
Associate Director, External Communications
Lead photo: In Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, FHI 360’s Integrated Response to Affected Mozambique Populations (IRAMP) project works to provide services for protection, health, water and sanitation, and nutrition. Sara Ibrahimo* is a girl at a safe healing and learning space in Cabo Delgado’s Metuge District. *Name has been changed. Credit: Mbuto Machili for FHI 360