Kigali, 18 July 2023 (TDI): President Paul Kagame of Rwanda hosts the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali from 17 July to 19 July.

The Ethiopian President, Senegalese President, and Hungarian President, with more than 6000 delegates, were present at the conference.

President Paul Kagame said at the opening of the conference that it is time to move from words to actions now.

He thanked the participants for attending the conference in Rwanda. This is the first time that Rwanda has hosted the Women Deliver Conference.

Role against gender inequality

President Kagame said that while results are showing that gender inequality is decreasing, but women still face many challenges.

He also said that if we do not speed up the process, it will take more than a century to accomplish the goal of gender equality.

He also urged the participants to play an active role in combating the negative attitudes which are deep in our social system.

President Macky Sall of Senegal thanked the Rwandan President for hosting the conference and agreed to work on the accessibility of sanitary pads.

He was also invited to lunch by President Kagame in the presidential Palace and attended the panel discussion with different high-level officials.

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Hungarian President Katalin Novák also attended the panel discussion. She also was on a state visit to Rwanda, where both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral ties.

Sahle-Work Zewde, the Ethiopian President, also attended the panel discussion with Natalia Kanem on the UN and Shabana Basij Rasikh of the School of Leadership.

President of Women Deliver Maliha Khan said during the Women Deliver 2023 Conference that we must fight against inequality.

Many leaders, such as the Chairperson of the Women Deliver Board, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, stressed urgent actions on gender inequality.