mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to share that we will be at Women Deliver 2023— one of the largest multi-sectoral
convenings to advance gender equality—in Kigali, Rwanda, from 17-20th of July. m2m is looking forward to sharing our experience of training and employing almost 12,000 women living with HIV as community health workers since 2001 across a dozen African countries, as well as hearing and learning from partners and peers who are joining us in the fight to make gender equality a reality by 2030.
If you too will be in Kigali this July, here is how you can connect with m2m:
- Join us at our special Women Deliver side event: Our 90-minute session, co-hosted with our partners at Cartier Philanthropy, on Joining the dots: Breaking silos to create gender equality by 2030, will take place on Wednesday 19th of July, at 7:00am in the Auditorium Hall at the Kigali Serena Hotel.
- Delivering Health for All. Ending AIDS. Ensuring Gender Equity. All by 2030. These are big goals, and achieving them will need new ways of thinking and collaborating. We urgently need to break down silos, better understand the linkages between challenges and solutions across different sectors, and collaborate to bring these to scale. In short, we need to join the dots.
- Attendees will therefore have the opportunity to hear from the following remarkable individuals who are finding solutions and creating new partnerships through radical collaboration and innovation:
- Esther Mamba, an m2m Spokeswoman and community health worker from South Africa, who ensures orphaned and other vulnerable children living with or exposed to HIV in her community are linked to health care and social services.
- Nyima Jadama, a refugee rights activist and co-founder of No Deportation to The Gambia. Nyima has her own talk show on a bilingual German-English TV that aims to connect migrants, refugees, women and culture from diaspora communities across the globe.
- Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud, poet, activist, and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Named one of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women, Emi advocates for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over through her poetry and experience.
- Frank Harle, Country Director of StrongMinds Zambia, a social enterprise founded in 2013 that treats depression in low-income women and adolescents by providing group interpersonal therapy, delivered by lay community health workers.
- Don’t miss out on what promises to be an inspiring conversation—RSVP today by emailing [email protected].
Hear more from m2m Spokeswoman Esther Mamba at United for Global Mental Health’s concurrent session on “Young Mothers’ Mental Health: Understanding Their Unique Needs and How to Address Them”, on Tuesday 18th of July, in the theatre from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. The panel will include maternal and youth mental health funders, youth advocates, and people with lived experience. The session will focus on:
- The mental health needs of girls and women pre- and post-partum,
- Reinforcing the importance of amplifying and learning from people with lived experiences of mental ill-health (particularly young women),
- Sharing solutions and ways other organisations can get involved in supporting the mental health needs of pregnant teenagers and young mothers,
- The positive impact of protecting and promoting adolescent female mental health.
- And more to be shared soon.
Keep an eye on our website and social media feeds for more news from Women Deliver 2023.
We hope to see you there!