Women Deliver Conference – Designing Cities Day

From June 3 to 6, 2019, the Women Deliver conference is coming to Vancouver.

It’s the world’s biggest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.

Free workshops and discussions on gender equity

The City of Vancouver is presenting the Women Deliver Satellite Sessions at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch at 350 West Georgia St.

The satellite sessions are a complement to the Women Deliver 2019 conference, and aim to connect the local Vancouver audience to gender equity issues through free talks and workshops.

All sessions are free to attend, but require sign-up in advance. Childcare is provided free of charge and accessibility requirements reflected at all events, including sign language interpretation for noon hour and evening sessions. Please share any further accessibility requests you require during the registration process.


Designing Cities – Thursday, June 6

While there will be interesting sessions all week, Thursday, June 6, 2019 will be of particular interest to the city planning community, with a series of events focused on designing cities for (and by) women:

Deep Dives: Women Designing Cities

Hear a conversation on designing cities with Simone Cavanaugh, an advocate for human rights and people with disabilities, and with Jennifer Marshall, principal at Urban Arts Architecture, and third with Kaela Schramm, Director of Projects + Planning at M’akola Development.

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am | Register External website, opens in new tab

What does a safer city mean to me?

Hear from Vancouver storytellers on what makes a safe city, and open your eyes to how people experience the same city in different ways.

Time: 12pm to 2pm | Register External website, opens in new tab

Walking tour: Downtown Vancouver through a gender lens

Join Vancouver Urbanarium Society’s Alicia Medina Laddaga and Scot Hein for a urban walk and talk, examining the spaces and places in older Vancouver through a gender lens.

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm | Register External website, opens in new tab

Developing a woman friendly city

Join host Ellen Woodsworth of Women Transforming Cities as she leads a panel discussion on what a woman-friendly city looks like, and how we can make it a reality.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm | Register External website, opens in new tab


For those interested in the main conference, the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch is hosting a live stream of the conference proceedings.

Women Deliver 2019 livestream

Watch the Women Deliver 2019 conference livestream of the main stage of the Women Deliver conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 

Daily, 8:30am to 6pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 W Georgia St

  • 8:30am to 10am: Alma Van Dusen and Peter Kaye room, lower level
  • 10am to 6pm: 8th floor theatre

Seats are first come first serve.

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