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The largest-ever
gender equality commitment

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 (Beijing Platform for Action) is the most visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. In 2020, the global community will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 – known as the largest-ever gathering of gender equality advocates – the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by 189 governments, who committed to taking strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas of concern: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child.

UN Women are following up how all 189 countries are working to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This year, this is the main focus of Commission on the Status of Women, CSW, UN Women’s yearly, global meeting on gender equality. Focus 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 realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Generation Equality begins now

#GenerationEqualityNordic is the Nordic countries’ contribution to UN Women’s international campaign Generation Equality and is developed in collaboration with UN Women.
UN Women is bringing together the next generations of women’s rights activists with the gender equality advocates and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades ago. Collectively, these change makers of all ages and genders can tackle the unfinished business of empowering women through a new groundbreaking, multigenerational campaign: Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future.

The Generation Equality campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life.

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

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