UNECE civil society report on Beijing+25

In 1995, governments committed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA), the most visionary agenda on women’s rights and gender equality. In the run up to the year 2020, and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the BPFA, the governments and civil society from the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe, met in Geneva to review progress on this milestone from 1995.

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. The report is divided up into the following chapters:

Regional analysis

  • Central Asia
  • Caucasus
  • Eastern Europe
  • European Union (and Norway, Switzerland)
  • North America
  • Western Balkans (and Turkey)

Thematic analysis

  • Ending discrimination against women and girls in all their diversity
  • Guarantee equal participation and decision-making
  • Ensuring women’s bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Ensure feminist economic policies and climate justice
  • Ensure peace, justice and accountability
  • Ending violence against women, girls and women human rights defenders
  • Ensure women’s rights in media, education and technology access

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