In 1995, 17,000 delegates and 30,000 activists from across the globe, streamed to Beijing to attend the fourth World Women’s Conference. This was one of the largest meetings to promote women’s rights ever held.
2020 will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive global agenda for girls and women in all areas of life. Despite some progress, real change has been slow and to date, not a single country has achieved gender equality. Now the world is facing an unprecedented set of challenges that threaten progress for girls’ and women’s rights.
The Generation Equality Forum
In 2020 there will be several global gatherings where the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action will be discussed. The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society-led, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. This global gathering will bring actors together, especially young people, to chart forward a fresh and bold feminist agenda, one of the central objectives of the Forum. Similarly, the Forum seeks to bring together a group of Allied Countries to create a multilateral gender-progressive partnership. Action Coalitions reflect another objective of the Generation Equality Forum: to achieve tangible results on gender equality during the UN Decade of Action (2020-2030) to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Generation Equality seeks to advance an extraordinary agenda, both in approach and level of ambition, to accelerate progress on gender equality across the world.
Forums leading up to the official commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25)
Civil society forum (28 Oct 2019, Geneva)
Feminist and women’s rights organizations prepare this pre-forum. Common feminist priorities from the European, North American, Caucasus and Central Asian regions will feed into shadow-reports on gender equality and the women’s rights situation.
Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting (29-30 Oct 2019, Geneva)
The UN member state meeting provides a forum to review progress by governments on the Beijing commitments. The meeting is jointly organised by UNECE and the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) (9-20 March 2020)
The CSW is postponed. Read here more about it.
The main focus of the next CSW meeting will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 30 January 2020, Atria and WO=MEn presented the NGO recommendations to the Dutch government delegation during the briefing for the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The priorities of Dutch civil society: Beijing, Backlash and the Future of Women's* Rights. Read more about the contribution from WO=MEN during the CSW.