Sub-regional consultations on Beijing+25

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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.

Will this generation be the generation in which we achieve gender equality?

The COVID-19 crisis has thrown a spanner in the works of the global processes on achieving gender equality (with the Generation Equality Forums and Beijing+25 processes being postponed). But we need to turn this risk into an opportunity, and engage feminist organisations in agenda setting for a post-COVID-19 gender-equal world. It is essential to the global feminist movement that we make sure that our post-COVID world will not have thrown us decades back in time, but that the recovery will lead to a gender-just transformation of our economies and societies.

That is why we are, in collaboration with UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, starting a series of virtual consultations on Beijing+25: What still needs to happen to achieve gender equality in the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asian, Eastern and Central European regions? We need feminist civil society from these subregions to make their voices heard, because we are part of achieving gender equality and shaping a feminist post-covid world! Young feminists play a central role in this.

These virtual consultations will be open spaces for discussions among feminists from the region, working on the themes from the Generation Equality Actions and input for the post-covid world. They will be safe spaces for open discussion about the challenges that lay ahead of us and how we can fight them together. We will ensure that the discussions are as accessible as possible, with simultaneous translation into different languages, internet and technical support where necessary,

The first phase focuses is building feminist solidarity and capacity building. We will bring feminists together from around the region to share their experiences and build their common views for the future. Furthermore, we need to build our collective online capacities and learning the digital skills we need to organize ourselves for this digital post-covid world. That’s why we will hold a virtual ICT training.

The second phase is focused on bringing feminists together from the different subregions to ensure that their demands for their region are formed. Three subregional consultations with feminists from Central Asia, Western Balkans and Turkey, and the Eastern Partnership region will take place. We will discuss the current state of affairs regarding gender equality and the Beijing Platform implementation, as well as discuss our proposals and demands for a gender-just recovery from COVID. These positions will be summarized in position papers to feed into the discussions of the Autumn.

The third phase will focus on bringing together all feminists from the region for thematic discussions on the six themes of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions. Decision-makers and stakeholders from the different Action Coalitions will also be part of these consultations.

Countries covered in the consultations

  • Western Balkans & Turkey – Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North-Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Kosovo
  • Eastern Europe – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russian Federation
  • Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

 

What is Beijing+25?

These virtual consultations are part of the roadmap towards the two Generation Equality forums that will be hosted by UN Women next year. What is the herstory of Beijing Platform for Action, what are “Action Coalitions” and the Generation Equality Forum?

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Timeline


24 June 2020

9:00-12:00 CEST

Young feminist advocacy training

Advocacy training for young feminists and an introduction to the sub-regional virtual consultations Beijing+25. Open to young feminists from all countries in the sub-region.

Outcome document coming soon.


Sep 2020

Western Balkans & Turkey

This consultation is slightly different from the rest on the roadmap. It is facilitated by Women’s Platform for Development in Serbia and they have their own communications campaign under the hashtag #SheTalks. The consultation is split into several virtual meetings with different themes from the perspective of gender equality in the sub-region: innovation & technology, climate justice and feminist movements.


6 October 2020

11:00-13:00 Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

19 October 2020

14:00-15:00 Chisinau, Kiev, Minsk

Eastern Europe

Interactive brainstorming session for civil society to prepare input to Generation Equality’s Action Coalitions and on COVID-19 recovery.


20 Oct 2020

Central Asia

Interactive brainstorming session for civil society to prepare input to Generation Equality’s Action Coalitions and on COVID-19 recovery. Followed by short exchange session with EU (TBC), UN Women etc. where civil society will present their recommendations.


TBD 2020

Date & time (TBD)

Economic justice and rights

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.


TBD 2020

Date & time (TBD)

Gender-based violence

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.


TBD 2020

Date & time (TBD)

Feminist action for climate justice (and environment)

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.


TBD

Date & time (TBD)

Bodily autonomy and SRHR

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery. (“SRHR is short for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”)

Registration not open yet.


TBD

Date & time (TBD)

Technology and innovation for gender equality

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.


TBD

Date & time (TBD)

Feminist movements and leadership

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.


TBD

Date & time (TBD)

Women, peace and security

Open for civil society from the entire sub-region. A brainstorming session to give input to the Action Coalition’s planning, including discussion on crosscutting issues and COVID-19 recovery.

Registration not open yet.



Moderators


Principles & values

We are self-organised and open to all interested organisations (e.g. diverse women’s and feminist groups, civil society organisations, social movements and women from indigenous and other communities) working jointly and in solidarity to promote human rights-based sustainable development with a focus on women’s human rights, women’s empowerment, gender justice, and gender equality in these international policy processes.

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Safe space protocol

We want to ensure that this is a safe space for our diverse civil society, in particular for representatives from marginalized groups, to come together and voice their concerns. Feminists and activists will come together on the basis of what unifies us in solidarity.

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