Update on Beijing + 25

CSW64 / Beijing+25 (2020)

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 (1995). A five-year milestone will be reached towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 2020 is therefore a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

Themes

The main focus of the session 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.

Bureau

The Bureau of the Commission plays a crucial role in facilitating the preparation for, and in ensuring the successful outcome of the annual sessions of the Commission. Bureau members serve for two years. In 2002, in order to improve its work and ensure continuity, the Commission decided to hold the first meeting of its subsequent session, immediately following the closure of the regular session, for the sole purpose of electing the new Chairperson and other members of the Bureau (ECOSOC decision 2002/234).

The Bureau for the 64th session (2020) of the Commission on the Status of Women comprises the following members:

  • H.E. Mr. Mher Margaryan (Armenia), Chair (Eastern European States Group)
  • Mr. Mohammed S. Marzooq (Iraq), Vice-Chair (Asia-Pacific States Group)
  • Ms. Jo Feldman (Australia), Vice-Chair (Western European and other States Group)
  • Ms. Nora Bellout (Algeria), Vice-Chair (African States Group)
  • Vice-Chair (Latin American and Caribbean States Group) – to be designated

Preparations

  • National-level reviews: States are called upon to undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Regional 25-year review processes: The regional commissions of the United Nations are invited to undertake regional reviews and convene regional intergovernmental meetings. These will feed into the sixty-fourth session of the Commission.

Update on Beijing + 25 and Generation Equality Forum

 

On behalf of  the UN Women Civil Society Division, we are writing to update you on the status of the Beijing+25 review process(es). As you know,  2020 will be a critical year for the gender equality and women’s rights agenda, marking not only the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action but also the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; the 5-year milestone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women – all this in the context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

We must take full advantage of these milestones to drive accelerated action and progress for women and girls.  And UN Women is committed to ensuring civil society is at the forefront of this work.

 Intergovernmental process and outcomes

National reviews are well under way, based on the guidance note that had been developed by UN Women in collaboration with the regional commissions last year. So far, we have approximately 100 reports submitted. These reports will inform the regional syntheses prepared by the Regional Commissions ahead of regional meetings later this year. They will also feed into a global synthesis report of the Secretary-General, prepared by UN Women, which will form the basis of deliberations at CSW 64 in March 2020. It is expected that the CSW will adopt a short, action-oriented Political Declaration.

In addition, the General Assembly has decided to hold a High-Level Meeting on Beijing+25 during the UNGA high-level week in September 2020. Member States are currently discussing modalities for the meeting, under the leadership of the Permanent Representatives of Qatar and New Zealand.

More information on the intergovernmental process can be found on this page.

Engagement of civil society and other stakeholders

As noted above, the active engagement of civil society and other stakeholders is a critical component of our efforts for Beijing+25. The guidance note for national reviews highlighted the importance of participatory reviews, which include multiple stakeholders. Further,  all regional intergovernmental meetings will be preceded by a preparatory multi-stakeholder meeting to capture the voices of civil society. The Civil Society Division at UN Women, working in partnership with our regional offices, is providing technical and financial support for the preparatory meetings.

The engagement of civil society and other stakeholders will be further highlighted in the Generation Equality Forum, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum will kick-off in Mexico in May 2020  (7th-8th May, likely) and culminate in Paris on 7th-10th July 2020.

The Forum is envisaged as a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality.  It will celebrate the power of activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. At a moment when the pushback on multilateralism and women’s rights is strong, the unique democratic and multi-stakeholder approach of the Forum will be a necessary counter response. This new model for accelerating the achievement of agreed goals on women’s rights and gender equality, through its outcomes –  the setting up of Action Coalitions – results oriented hybrid partnerships among civil society, business, member states and other stakeholders (parliamentarians, mayors, trade unions etc.), is needed at a time  when many of the existing models are vulnerable to the current backlash against women’s rights in some contexts, and to the way that multilateral forums are subject to the changing political preferences of their members.

On 27-28 June, UN Women convened France, Mexico and some members of civil society in the first planning meeting for the Generation Equality Forum. We had an excellent workshop and arrived at a common understanding of the vision, outcome, format of the Forum; its legacy; its governance structures; workstreams, timelines and next steps. More information on that can be found in the attached presentation. One of the crucial next steps is to identify the ways civil society can engage with the planning and execution of the forum. As such, we have proposed the following structures where civil society will be involved:

  • Core Group (decision making) – 4 members comprising 1 each from UN Women, France, Mexico and Civil Society. Civil Society to designate 1 member from the Civil Society Advisory Group  who may rotate.
  • Civil Society Advisory Group to the Core Group (supporting Core Group decision making) – 10-15 civil society members representing regional (and thematic) diversity.  This structure to be established by August 2019; membership of this group will be determined by civil society through a consultative process. The advisory group will nominate one representative to the Core Group (above). We have requested NGO -CSW New York to convene all our civil society partners (including youth partners) to consult with each other and agree on the membership of this group.
  • Multi-stakeholder Steering Group (supporting design, planning and implementation) – approx. 25-30 members comprising  civil society, Member States, private sector and  other stakeholders who are contributing to the Forum and its outcomes. To be established by end-August 2019. This structure will be established by the Core Group in consultation with partners.

In addition, UN Women will continue to update civil society, through email and also  through periodically scheduled webinars, on the status of the Forum, to ensure wide reach and participation.

[source UN women July 2019]

The Generation Equality Forum – Save the Date

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

Twenty-five years after the historic Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Forum will take stock of progress and chart an agenda of concrete action to realise gender equality before 2030, as part of the groundbreaking, multigenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future”.

More information click here . The Generation Equality Forum – Save the date!

 

ARROW Document – What does the new TPPA mean for women in developing countries?

ARROW wishes to  share its recent publication on Trade and Gender:  How the new TPPA will affect women in developing countries.

The CPTPP, or TPPA-11 as it has been nicknamed, was signed on March 8, 2018 in Chile with the remaining original members of the TPPA bar the US: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It will come into force when six of its signatories complete domestic ratification procedures, which could be as soon as the end of 2018. This paper aims to analyse the current literature to explore how the CPTPP will likely impact women in the partnerships’ developing country members

For more information on this resource click here

 

 

Congratulations to next President and CEO of Global Fund for Women – Layanya Mapp Frett

 

Global Fund for Women is proud to announce Latanya Mapp Frett has been appointed as the next President and CEO of Global Fund for Women beginning July 1, 2019.

Global Fund for Women’s current President and CEO Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro will lead the organization until her retirement on June 30, 2019.

Dr. Kanyoro says, “I am thrilled to welcome Latanya to Global Fund for Women’s community. Latanya and I are committed to ensuring a healthy, seamless transition and to model feminist, collaborative solidarity and leadership.”

More information here

Source : Global Fund for Women

Meet some of our members – Pacific

Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) Inc. (PWW(NZ))was established five years ago to be a link to the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), the umbrella Watch which monitors, review and reports on the status of women in the Asia-Pacific Region.   Over 60 percent of the world’s women live in the Asia-Pacific Region, one of the five regions recognised by the United Nations.

The New Zealand organisation, which became incorporated in 2001, is part of a sub-regional network reporting within the wider region.

Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand) has the following objectives

  • To ensure women’s voices from the sub-region and especially New Zealand are heard internationally
  • To be a communication link between New Zealand non-governmental women, the sub-region and internationally
  • To monitor the Beijing Platform for Action and any subsequent plans of action for the advancement of women
  • To share strategies to measure and assess changes in women’s ststus
  • To recognise views and expectations of Tangata Whenau

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Meet some of our Members – Japan Women’s Watch (JAWW)

JAWW is an advocacy organization with special focus on the implementation of Beijing Platform of Action (BPFA) and other internationally agreed documents, including 2030 Agenda, as well as domestic policies and plans for gender equality and Japan’s official development assistance (ODA).

JAWW succeeded in part the activities by a group named Japan NGO Report Group which was set up in 1999 in preparation for Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century.

JAWW is closely working with the Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW), a regional network to advance the status of women in the Asia Pacific Region. APWW collaborates with United Nations organizations, national governments and NGOs. APWW covers about 20 countries in South-East, Central, East, and South Asia and Pacific region and works with regional women’s networks.

 

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Meet some of our members – The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

ARROW strives to enable women to be equal citizens in all aspects of their life by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.

Established in 1993 upon a needs assessment arising out of a regional women’s health project, where the originating vision was to create a resource center that would ‘enable women to better define and control their lives’, ARROW is a regional non-profit women’s organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations. We work closely with many national partners in countries, regional and global networks around the world, and are able to reach stakeholders in 120 countries.

We work towards achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all in the Asia-Pacific through:

  • Monitoring and evidence building for change
  • Mobilising communities for sexual and reproductive rights accountability
  • Building new constituencies for sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Information and communication for change
  • Advocacy

For more information on ARROW please click here 

Meet some of our members – Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

Shirkat Gah is a women’s rights organisation based in Lahore, Pakistan, and acts as the regional office (RCO-Asia) of the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws. It has provided support to women who have been subjected to forced marriages and has organised and campaigned around cases of ‘honour killings’ of women. It has also documented customary practices, including ‘honour crimes’, which result in violence against women throughout Pakistan. Shirkat Gah also has legal advice centres, researchers on health/reproductive rights, as well as VAW and equality under the law. Note: there are offices also in Karachi and Peshawar, but the Lahore office houses the WLUML RCO-Asia. Karachi and Lahore have resource collections, legal advisers, and research / campaigning programme, and publications. The Peshawar office is currently scaled back and has a separate email address.

 

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