Women Deliver 2019: The World’s Largest Conference on Women’s Rights!


An International Conference on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on women’s rights and gender equality, is held every three years. This past June it took place in Vancouver, Canada.

Over 8,000 delegates from 165 different countries met for three days to take part in lectures, workshops, expert panels, and multiple special events focused on the chosen theme for 2019: “Power. Progress. Change.”

Miren Bengoa, Executive Director of Fondation CHANEL, was invited to participate as part of a panel session on the future of work as well as on other panels about funding for the development sector and the characteristics of philanthropic funds for gender equality in the world. In the latter session, organized in partnership with the OECD, she said, “There are still too few foundations at the international level that provide significant funding for these issues, and even fewer that are exclusively dedicated to them!”

The Fondation CHANEL team was actively involved in this major conference, even creating a collaborative space for the occasion to welcome and dialogue with its many partners.


Fondation CHANEL was also one of the event’s primary partners, sponsoring the Social Entrepreneur Pitch, a prize awarded to new companies that work to empower women.

Three winners (see the video), chosen by an international jury, will receive grants and dedicated support:

Arushi Khanna, founder of Loom Katha, a startup that allows rural Indian artisans and weavers to participate in the world market while optimizing their production processes.

Rebecca Hui, founder of Roots Studio, a startup that provides accessible technology and training to local artists to help them affordably digitize their work.

Matt Dickson, founder of Eggpreneur, a startup that aims to stop the cycle of poverty in rural Kenya by training women to produce, cultivate, and market quality fresh eggs.

In another of the event’s high points, Canada and several international foundations announced, during the conference, the creation of an “Equality Fund” of 300 million dollars.

For more information about Women Deliver: https://wd2019.org/
Highlight reel from the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3y7We7USQ0