Melbourne officially launched its bid to host the Women Deliver Conference in 2022, by gathering over 70 influential advocates for gender equality at Victoria’s Parliament House.
The registered Women Deliver (WD) satellite event was part of the main WD2019 event in Vancouver.
Hosted by the Victorian Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams MP, the launch event was an opportunity to rally support for Melbourne’s bid and to drive progress towards a more gender equal world.
Headquartered in New York, ‘Women Deliver’ is a global advocate for gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Held every three years, the Women Deliver global conference is the world’s largest event championing the empowerment of girls and women.
The bid led by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with support from all levels of Australian government and key stakeholders across industry and organisations, aims to bring the event to Australia for the first time.
Melbourne’s bid for the 2022 conference was submitted in August 2018 and has since been shortlisted against two other cities. As part of the bid process, Melbourne will be required to host a site visit later this year for Women Deliver executives, ahead of the host destination announcement mid-2020.
If successful, the four-day conference is estimated to attract upwards of 5,000 delegates and inject over AUD$26m (US$17.8m) to Victoria and the potential to deliver legacies that go beyond the dollars with initiatives stretching into the future benefitting women and communities globally.
MCB acting Chief Executive Officer Julia Swanson said of the city’s bid: “We aim to create a lasting legacy for Women Deliver and the values it represents, as well as giving back to the local communities in Victoria and Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
“Melbourne is a gateway to the Pacific region and brings together cultures from more than 15 small island Pacific nations. The issues and challenges for women across our region are unique but will have resonance with many other countries and communities.”
Victorian Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams said: “We’re proud of our work on gender equality – Victoria led the nation in instigating the first ever royal commission into family violence and we will create once in a generation reform through our gender equality legislation.
“Our bid for the conference is another step we’re taking to help life improve for women and girls, now and in the future.”
Photo: L-R: Julia Swanson, acting CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau and Victorian Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams