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. In 2020, 25 years after the promise of Beijing, we will still not have achieved equality, and instead are facing increasing violence and misogynist populist governments. Whilst in 2020 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.

COVID-19 update

The Generation Equality Forums have been postponed till early 2021. Our director is part of the Civil Society Advisory Group to the forums, please read their statement on the postponement here. Read also UN Women’s response and our response to the pandemic from a women’s rights perspective.

UNECE Region

Roadmap

Civil society forum (28 Oct, Geneva)  – As the regional organising partner for Women’s Major Group, we co-facilitated the Civil Society Forum prior to the UNECE regional review meeting on Beijing+25. The outcome document is a compilation report of various feminist priorities from the European, North American, Caucasus and the Central Asian regions.

Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting (29-30 Oct, Geneva) – The UN Member States meet to review progress by governments on their Beijing commitments. Each UN region had their own meeting, and the official meeting for European, North American, Caucasus and the Central Asian regions was held on 29-30 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It was jointly organised by UNECE and the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. You can read all the interventions delivered by civil society at the official meeting here.

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) (March 2019, suspended due to COVID-19) – The main focus of CSW meeting was to review  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 was intended to include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sub-regional virtual consultations (June – December 2020) – Together with UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, we will be hosting a series of online consultations on Beijing+25, starting June and running to December 2020. Together with local feminists and human rights activists, we will be exploring what still needs to happen to achieve gender equality in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern and Central European regions? These online consultations will engage decision-makers and give guidance to the Action Coalition leaders about the demands from the region.

Generation Equality Forums (Postponed: first half of 2021) – are civil society-centred, global gatherings for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. UN Women has announced several “Action Coalitions” were civil society will come together with decision-makers and other stakeholder to set concrete, ambitious and transformative actions to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality. These will be drafted, based on consultations, and finalised at the forums to finally be presented to Heads of States at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021. Once finalised, there will be 5 years to achieve these ambitions actions.

Civil society forum

More than 400 feminists and activists from 45 different countries came together for the regional review of the Beijing Platform for Action in Geneva 28-30 October 2019. Together we wanted to map out and build feminist principles for the future we want.

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Sub-regional

Together with UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, we will be hosting a series of online consultations on Beijing+25, starting June and running to December 2020. Together with local feminists and human rights activists, we will be exploring what still needs to happen to achieve gender equality in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern and Central European regions? These online consultations will engage decision-makers and give guidance to the Action Coalition leaders about the demands from the region.

Western Balkans & Turkey Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North-Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Kosovo
Eastern Europe Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
Central Asia Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Compilation report

This report is a compilation of the perspectives of feminist and civil society organisations from more than 45 countries in the region that participated in the preparations and during the civil society forum itself, on the 28th of October 2019 in Geneva.

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Shadow reports

UN Women has collected civil society’s shadow reports regarding the Beijing+25 process on their website called”views and voices from civil society”. While there is no formal process for shadow reports, they have been inviting civil society to submit reports voluntarily.

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