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ONWA at Women Deliver 2023 Conference

Updated: Dec 5, 2023


🌍 At the Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023) in Kigali, Rwanda 🌍, ONWA is exploring ways to ensure Indigenous women's rights are upheld and respected globally. Join us in advocating for a world where every Indigenous woman can thrive.


Here are some highlights from our time there (click to jump to section):


 

ONWA amplifying Indigenous women’s voices at Women Deliver 2023 Conference


The Ontario Native Women’s Organization (ONWA) is participating in the highly anticipated Women Deliver 2023 Conference (WD2023), taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from July 16-20. ONWA’s delegates are eager to join the global conversation on gender equality and amplify the voices and advocacy of Indigenous women and youth on the global stage.



 


Returning from the inspiring Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda, we have heard a similar solution called for on an international stage: Investment into women, especially marginalised women, is where the change needs to happen.

 

In the News


Aired: September 18, 2023


SPECIAL: The Story of Woman Goes Global: Women Deliver, The World’s Largest Convening for Gender Equality


What are the most pressing issues women and girls still face today? What progress has been made in recent years? How are gender equality champions driving change around the world? In this special episode, host Anna travels to Kigali, Rwanda for the Women Deliver 2023 Conference, the largest convening for gender equality in the world, to find out!



 

Aired: July 20, 2023

ONWA CEO Cora McGuire-Cyrette CBC NN Live interview from Women Deliver Conference in Kigali Rwanda

"Investment into women is where the change needs to happen." - Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO

 

Published July 19, 2023

ONWA leader calls for action on women's rights at Rwanda conference


Ontario Native Women's Association executive director Cora McGuire-Cyrette travels to Rwanda as part of the Women Deliver 2023 Conference.


Kevin Jeffrey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


 

Aired: July 19, 2023

Superior Morning with Mary-Jean Cormier - Cora McGuire-Cyrette & Autumn Cooper: Women Deliver Conference


We'll hear from members of the Ontario Native Women’s Association currently in Rwanda. They're there for a global conference on gender equality.


 

Aired: July 18, 2023

TBayNewsWatch featured our attendance at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. This is 1 of the largest worldwide multi-sectorial gatherings to advance gender-equality.



 

Aired: July 18, 2023

Up North with Jonathan Pinto - ONWA head speaks at Rwandan conference


Around the world, groups are advocating for the rights of Indigenous women, combining forces to bring meaningful change. The Ontario Native Women's Association is doing just that at a conference in Rwanda. CEO Cora McGuire-Cyrette explains.



 

At the Conference - Day 5: Friday July 21, 2023



Women and youth are the experts to the issues and solutions that they are facing. We must invest in their health, safety, and development.


 

Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors, standing at the Anti-Corruption Monument in Kigali, Rwanda
Left to right: Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO
Left to right: Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors
Left to right: Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Director. Bethany Johnson, ONWA Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs; Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors

We are honoured to attend and amplify Indigenous women’s voices globally at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda.


 


ONWA is sharing our empowering She Is Wise Magazine with the world at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda.


 


When Will Gender Equality be Achieved? How does your country perform in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) gender index? If Historical trends continue, we won’t achieve gender equality until 2108!


 


“Access to finance” and “Accountability” are two of the gender-equality calls to actions from the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

At the Conference - Day 4: Thursday July 20, 2023


Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO, standing at the Anti-Corruption Monument in Kigali, Rwanda

ONWA is exchanging experiences and expertise around gender-equity that upholds Indigenous women’s rights at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 


ONWA is joining women around the world at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda to advocate for the rights of Indigenous women and combine forces to bring meaningful change.


 


Lynda Tabuya, Fiji Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation (right) being gifted a beaded copper pail necklace to by Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services (left) at the Advancing Feminist Climate Justice through the Rule of Law session


The copper pail necklace honours the sacred relationship with water. The copper cup symbolizes the importance of clean water and how we all have a responsibility to protect and care for this precious element. In wearing the necklace, you can nourish yourself and others as water carriers. An Elder shared that this sacred item is a reminder to always speak in a mindful way; to be positive in your being, to speak truth and honesty, and to be impeccable with your word.


 

Left to right, back to front: Meena Deol, ONWA Senior Strategy Implementation and Intergovernmental Operations Advisor; Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Madison Wigwas, ONWA Youth Director, Board of Directors; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors
Left to right: Josephine Ndirias, Mukogodo Girls Empowerment Program; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO
Left to right: Telesphore Kabera, Secretariat Coordinator; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO
Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO, preparing for her live television interview with CBC News Network

Making connections with Indigenous people from around the world to share stories, resources, and solutions at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 


Anna Stoecklein, The Story of Woman podcast Founder, Producer, Host (left) being gifted a beaded copper pail necklace to by Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO (right)


The copper pail necklace honours the sacred relationship with water. The copper cup symbolizes the importance of clean water and how we all have a responsibility to protect and care for this precious element. In wearing the necklace, you can nourish yourself and others as water carriers. An Elder shared that this sacred item is a reminder to always speak in a mindful way; to be positive in your being, to speak truth and honesty, and to be impeccable with your word.


 

“As part of the ONWA contingent attending the Women Deliver conference in Kigali Rwanda I look forward to sharing this extraordinary opportunity and experience with my home community of Niagara. Seeing women come together from all over the world speaks to my personal journey of empowerment and leadership. This is where words and actions come together to make change and honour the lens through which all women see the world around them.” -Krystal Brant, Board Secretary, ONWA

As our time at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda nears as end, we look forward to using what we learned towards advancing gender-equality and Indigenous women’s safety.


 

At the Conference - Day 3: Wednesday July 19, 2023


“This is not the future we want. If you don’t know how to fix it then please stop breaking it.” says 11-year-old Licypriya Kangujam, Activist & Founder, The Child Movement, addresses climate change and how rich countries are exacerbating climate crisis in global south at Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

Attending the Rwanda HerStory: An Intergenerational & Intersectional Perspective session
Attending the Co-Designing Gender Equality: The Role of Accountability in the Gender Equality Agenda panel session in the plenary room
Left to right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Madison Wigwas, ONWA Youth Director, Board of Directors; Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors

Today, we are learning about Rwanda’s HerStory and engaging in important discussions around gender-equity at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 


The Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, M.P., Minister for International Development, Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (left) being gifted a beaded copper pail necklace to by Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO (right) at Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


The copper pail necklace honours the sacred relationship with water. The copper cup symbolizes the importance of clean water and how we all have a responsibility to protect and care for this precious element. In wearing the necklace, you can nourish yourself and others as water carriers. An Elder shared that this sacred item is a reminder to always speak in a mindful way; to be positive in your being, to speak truth and honesty, and to be impeccable with your word.


 


Tell us Your Dream for the Future? Let us know what are you PUSHing for? ONWA and people worldwide are sharing knowledge and perspectives at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

“We are at a critical junction – Indigenous women are not safe in Canada or around the world and continue to have to negotiate their safety to meet their basic needs, often because of systemic barriers. Global conferences like WD2023 are an opportunity for collective advocacy to hold governments accountable and reclaim Indigenous women’s leadership.” - Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ONWA

 

At the Conference - Day 2: Tuesday July 18, 2023



ONWA is at the prestigious Women Deliver 2023 conference in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda. The powerful theme of the conference is "Spaces Solidarity Solutions," emphasizes the importance of creating inclusive spaces for all women to drive positive change worldwide.


 

Left to right: Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO

Sharing ONWA's She Is Wise Magazine internationally!



ONWA is exchanging culture and ideas to empower Indigenous women and girls worldwide at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

Left to right: Diana Vaca McGhie, American Health Organization; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO
Left to right: Dr. Isatou Touray, former Vice-President of Gambia; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors
Left to right: Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Sandrine Iradukunda; Henriette Nishimwe

ONWA is building relationships with women from around the world at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

Front to back: Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO
Planetary on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Murakaza Neza, meaning “you are welcome”. Cultural event after the opening ceremony.

Today’s experience at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda has been full of inspiring speakers and discussions about gender-equity that upholds Indigenous women’s rights.


 


What is Your Dream?


ONWA and people worldwide are sharing our voices on the “Youth Zone: The Festival of Dreams” mural at the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.


 

“I believe that young people’s perspective of the world and its challenges are vital to seeing the larger picture. Attending the Women Deliver conference in Kigali Rwanda with ONWA attendees gives me an opportunity to speak directly with young women from around the world. Sharing our lived experiences opens doors to dialogue and new friendships on the continued path of my leadership journey.” -Autumn Cooper, Vice President/Youth Director, ONWA

The Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda is providing an opportunity for Indigenous youth to raise their own voices and share their own experiences and expertise.


 

At the Conference - Day 1: Monday July 17, 2023


Left to right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services

Conferences like Women Deliver are essential for creating spaces for Indigenous women to hold dialogues to advance collective priorities and share knowledge.


 

Left to right: Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services; Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Madison Wigwas, ONWA Youth Director, Board of Directors; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors

The meaningful inclusion of youth perspectives built into the Women Deliver Conference will further the work of ONWA and our Youth Council. Youth perspectives are critical to advancing the conversations around gender-based violence.


 

Left to right: Krystal Brant, ONWA Secretary, Board of Directors; Autumn Cooper, ONWA Vice President, Board of Directors

Gender-based violence is an issue that must be addressed on all levels – local to global. ONWA participated in a Women Deliver pre-conference event called Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women.


 

Roxanne Ruediger, ONWA Director of Corporate Services, networking and sharing information about ONWA
Left to right: Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA CEO; Matiha Haji, lawyer from Kenya speaking on issues of gender equity that impacts woman globally

ONWA stands in solidarity with Indigenous women around the world. We are attending Women Deliver to listen, learn, and share experiences and expertise around gender-equity that upholds Indigenous women’s rights.


 

“The WD2023 Conference is an opportunity to continue our advocacy on the global stage, build our capacity as an organization and for our youth, and to foster relationships with other Indigenous women and Indigenous women’s organizations around the world. I’m honoured to be able to bring my experience as an Indigenous woman to this global platform.” - Roxanne Ruediger, Director of Corporate Services, ONWA


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