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To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing+25), UN Women launched the Generation Equality Campaign to look back at the past 25 years to evaluate progress, as well as look forward to determine concrete action or gender equality.
The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society. The Forum kicked off in Mexico City in March and will culminate in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021, launching a series of concrete, ambitious and transformative actions to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality.
To convene, mobilize, and consult with civil society, UN Women tasked NGO CSW/NY as convener of global civil society for the Generation Equality Forum.
Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that will mobilize governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to: catalyze collective action; spark global and local conversations among generations; drive increased public & private investment; deliver concrete, game-changing results across generations for girls and women.
The selected Action Coalition themes are:
The Compact was developed to drive action on the existing extensive normative frameworks and commitments and to strengthen coordination across existing mechanisms, systems, networks, partnerships and capacities. It is being organized 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and 20 years after the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Read concept note.
Strong commitments are at the heart of the Action Coalitions' ambition to drive accountability and impact. Be part of the powerful coalition to advance global gender equality over the next five years! The Generation Equality Action Coalitions represent a unique opportunity to make concrete change for millions of women adn girls and accelerate results on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded on March 31st, after 3 days of dynamic discussions, activities and cultural celebration, with the unveiling of the draft blueprints of the Action Coalitions: A Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum’s torch to its next step in Paris from 30 June to 2 July, which will be a major commitment-making moment. Youth and civil society leaders also launched a 2026 vision and a common feminist pathway.
The Generation Equality Forum in Paris took place from 30 June to 2 July 2021, with the announcement of bold gender equality commitments including $40 billion of committed investments and the launch of a global 5-year action journey to accelerate gender equality by 2026. Read more about the Forum here.
Watch the recordings of the GEF Paris sessions on the Generation Equality Youtube channel.
The USD 40 billion of investments confirmed at the Forum’s close represent a major step-change in resourcing for women’s and girl’s rights. Lack of financing is widely understood to be a major reason for slow progress in advancing gender equality and in enacting the women’s rights agenda of the milestone 1995 Beijing Conference. Forum organizers expect that the approximately 1,000 commitment makers confirmed to date will be joined by many others over the next five years.
Read more about the commitments made for Generation Equality here.
The Civil Society Advisory Group to the Core Group (CSAG) serves as the representative of civil society’s priorities for the Generation Equality Forum by guaranteeing participation on a co-equal basis of civil society with the other members of the Core Group. It was created to ensure that diverse women’s rights and feminist organizations can engage meaningfully in the Generation Equality process. You can find the group’s Terms of Reference here.
The CSAG was chosen through a civil society-led process by a selection committee of 5 volunteers from the Advisory Working Group. They selected 21 members from 136 applications representing diverse genders, generations, regions and backgrounds. For more information about the selection committee’s process and criteria, read their announcement letter here.
The Advisory Working Group consists of over 500 members of global civil society who will be instrumental in ensuring that all voices are heard and represented in this Beijing+25 process. The Advisory Working Group consults the Advisory Group to the Core Group to make sure they are representing the needs and mandates of global civil society.
The group is completely open to join and meets every two weeks via Zoom to hear updates from UN Women, the Advisory Group to the Core Group, and Beijing+25 regional processes. Advisory Working Group members are also encouraged to provide their own input into these processes so that their voices can be brought to the Generation Equality Forums in Mexico and Paris.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Advisory Working Group, email email@example.com.