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Press release: UN Women Beijing+20 event in Berlin urges accelerated progress on gender equality and women’s rights

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

To mark the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, and its 20th anniversary this year, representatives from politics, the private sector, civil society and academia came together today in Berlin. The event with German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Manuela Schwesig, and the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was held in the Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin, hosted by the UN Women National Committee for Germany and attended by high officials and other dignitaries. More

Women’s health in the spotlight at the World Health Assembly

Monday, June 1, 2015

UN Women took an active role at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), which hosted its 68th session in Geneva from 18 to 26 May 2015. It featured a 20-year assessment of the state of women’s health and women’s role in health, as well as the need for gender mainstreaming in this sector. More

From Beijing to Post-2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended the opening session of the Global Conference on Women and Social Inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 6th May. The Conference runs from 6-8 May, and is co-organized by the Argentinian government and UNDP. Bringing together over 200 global leaders, parliamentarians, policy-makers, researchers and activists, the Conference aims to analyze progress made since the Beijing Platform for Action with a focus on poverty, political participation and leadership and their impact on promoting equality for women. More

“Take intense measures” to accelerate women’s full and equal participation in politics, leaders say in Chile

Friday, February 27, 2015

More than 300 global leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in a high-level conference on women in power and decision-making as part of UN Women’s global Beijing+20 campaign. It aims to galvanize political support to achieve gender equality and honour commitments made by 189 governments to uphold the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

During Brazil’s Carnival, parade-goers promote respect for women

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Using an explosion of colour and audacious costumes to tell the story of brave women everywhere, the traditional samba school of Mangueira paid tribute to the women who fight every day to overcome gender inequalities in their parade. It is one of several national events for UN Women’s global Beijing+20 "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" campaign. More

Beijing+20 event in Ireland: A woman’s place is in the world!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

At a conference organized by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the National Women’s Council of Ireland on 20 February, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will deliver a keynote speech highlighting Beijing+20 as a game-changer for women’s empowerment and underscoring the need for big, bold changes. More

“We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women” says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cairo – At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and agreed to actively ensure justice and equality for women in the Middle East. More

UN Women Executive Director speaks at the last of the Beijing+20 regional reviews, in Cairo

Monday, February 2, 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Beijing+20 review and Ministerial Event, Cairo, 2 February 2015. More

Girls central to Beijing+20 campaign in Mali

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

“A development mechanism which ignores input from youth is like a car without gas, as it ignores one of its sources of energy,” said Fatouma Seid, the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Mali at the public launch of the Beijing+20 campaign. In November, the international community in Mali built momentum towards the 20 year anniversary of the Beijing Conference by launching the campaign as a public event in the capital city of Bamako. The public launch... More

Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Friday, November 21, 2014

Santiago - After two days of rigorous and productive discussions during the Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , delegations from 21 countries unanimously reaffirmed the region’s commitment to the Platform for Action, and the goal to remove  barriers that prevent women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life. The regional review was held in Santiago, Chile from November 18-19 hosted by the Economic... More

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Ministerial review takes place in Bangkok

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bangkok, 19 November – The first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok began with stocktaking  on achievements made towards gender equality thus far, as well as emphasizing challenges that the region still faces in light of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , known as the blueprint for women’s rights and signed by 189 governmental representatives in 1995 as... More

In Addis Ababa, UN Women Deputy Executive Director meets with civil society advisory group ahead of Beijing+20 regional review

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Addis Ababa – On the eve of the official Beijing+20 regional review, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, met with members of UN Women 12-member Civil Society Advisory Group in Ethiopia, and UN Women teams from the Africa region. Puri was in Ethiopia to attend the African Regional Conference on Beijing+20, which opened on 17 November at the Conference Center of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), bringing together representatives from 51 African nations to review... More

In Uganda, reaffirming women’s economic empowerment in the lead up to Beijing+20 reviews

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kampala – The government of Uganda hosted a meeting of representatives from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, civil society organizations and high-level participants from the private sector and the government. With a focus on women’s economic empowerment, one of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform, the target was to compile concrete recommendations for the government and influential figures to scale up women’s progress in the financial... More

“This is a wake-up call,” UN Women Executive Director tells European Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting

Friday, November 7, 2014

Government representatives of UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations gathered in Geneva from 6-7 November to review progress towards the the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive plan for advancing women’s rights, in the lead-up to its 20th anniversary. The goals laid out in the Beijing Declaration have also served as a catalyst to the global Beijing+20 advocacy campaign. More

Civil society organizations from Europe and Central Asia call for action and accountability at Beijing+20 review

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A diverse group of 700 participants from 56 countries of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region gathered from 3-5 November to review progress made in the region on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action nearly 20 years after its adoption. The Beijing Declaration, signed by 189 countries, is widely known as the blueprint for women’s empowerment, and focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, from women and the environment to ending violence against women. More

UN Women and African civil society applaud progress and recommit to equality

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Civil society is known as one of the tenets in maintaining democracy, holding governments accountable for citizens’ rights in support of both national and international laws and legislative frameworks. Ethiopia’s strong civil society convened from 21-22 October to recommit to gender equality and to review progress made within the country on achieving advancement for women in line with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The forum, organized by UN Women and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as well as The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and IPAS, focused on a range of important issues, such as women’s participation in the economy and as legislators. More

Turkey's activism to end violence against girls

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UN Agencies and over 150 organizations came together on the International Day of the Girl Child to applaud successes in ending violence against women and girls, such as being the first country to sign the The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), but also to devise active steps that still must be taken to prevent violence against girls on a national scale. More

Girls' voices from Guinea join the Beijing+20 call

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UN Women and the Consortium of NGOs, a group of NGOs brought together to promote the global Beijing+20 campaign in Guinea continue to lead the way in defending girls rights and commemorating the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In a country facing the Ebola crisis wherein women and girls are often on the frontlines of caring for the patients, a special advocacy event titled Voices of Girls: Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Women was held to focus on the importance of girls and their futures on the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. More

Beijing+20 campaign spurs renewed commitment at Japan's World Assembly for Women

Monday, October 27, 2014

A commitment was made by Prime Minister Abe and the government of Japan to advance women’s position in society at the recently held World Assembly for Women (WAW) in Tokyo. At the high-profile meeting he reaffirmed his commitment to spend nearly 3 billion US dollars on women’s empowerment initiatives over the next three years. Outlining the importance of equal rights of all citizens to education and health, he called upon all participants in the event to proceed in “creating a society where women will shine.” More

Jordan brings Beijing+20 campaign to youth

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Fourth World Conference on Women took place in Beijing in 1995. Why then would young people care about it, why should it matter today? That is the challenge UN Women in Jordan decided to take head on at an event recently. How can one explore the critical areas of concern under the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with young people in a way that is engaging and interactive? This was part of the joint programme led by UN Women Realizing Beijing+20 in Jordan: Women in Action!, with WHO, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and UNRWA as partners, the team decided to put together a number of initiatives to address key challenges and achievements in Jordan for gender equality. More

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