The Beijing Platform for Action
Turns 20

Beijing+20 Birds
Beijing+20 around the world

From Australia to Jordan, global, regional and national events are taking place in all corners of the globe in the lead up to the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20). Join us, picture a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. More

In the words of...
Oped EVAW Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

In her message for International Women's Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world can be reversed. She calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality, to reach ‘Planet 50:50’ before 2030.

Women of achievement
WOA USA Radia Perlman EN

Radia Perlman, scholar, technologist and author, invented the spanning tree protocol among a host of other technology solutions that have enabled computers to communicate with each other on a massive scale. She is often called the “mother of the Internet”.

Women of achievement
WOA Abia Akram EN

Abia Akram of Pakistan is only 30 years old, yet with a long list of achievements. She is the first woman with disabilities from Pakistan to win the prestigious Chevening scholarship, and is also the founder of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities, which is training women and girls worldwide.

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Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it!