What we do

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. Our first big project, as an organisation, was to organise a delegation of women to attend the civil society forum in Beijing ahead of the conference with the aim to bring in the intersectional dimension between gender and the environment. We organised events and demonstrations during the Huairou civil society forum with partners from, amongst others, Brazil, India, Kenya, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The outcome, the Beijing Platform for Action, remains one of the strongest commitments to women’s human rights within the scope of a a sustainable and peaceful world.

Resisting the roll-back

Now, almost 25 years later, we are appalled by a roll-back on women’s rights in many countries in the world, and attacks against women’s human rights and environmental defenders. 25 years after the promise of Beijing, we have still not achieved equality, and instead are facing increasing violence and misogynist populist governments. Whilst we will achieve the 5-year mark of the Sustainable Development Goals and it’s goal 5 on achieving gender quality and the empowerment of all women and girls, we need to hold high the commitments of Beijing.

What's next?

Civil society forum (28 Oct, Geneva)  – As the regional organising partner for Women’s Major Group, we will be coordinating the Civil Society Forum prior to the UNECE regional review meeting on Beijing+25. We are preparing this pre-forum together with a broad alliance of feminist and women’s rights organisations. It will be held on Monday, 28 October 2019, in Geneva. We will prepare common feminist priorities from the European and Central Asian regions. These priorities will feed into the shadow-reports on gender equality and the women’s rights situation in our region.

Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting (29-30 Oct, Geneva) – provides a forum for UNECE member States to review progress and identify challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. The meeting will be held on 29-30 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, and is jointly organised by UNECE and the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Learn more about it here.

Global Women’s Forum (June 2020, Mexico & France) – will bring together the key priorities and recommendations from feminists around the world. These feminist recommendations will be presented to Heads of States at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020.


Funding

Please apply before the 1 August 2019 (deadline). There is limited space as well as funding for travel. The main share of the travel funding will focus on the EECCA region and young feminists. An independent selection committee will be charged with ensuring a diverse and balanced selection.

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