Beijing+20 – The Beijing Platform for Action turns 20

 
The Beijing Platform for Action
Turns 20

In the words of ...

This series features first-person articles written by celebrities, well-known personalities and women's rights activists on why we still need to push the Beijing agenda.

Christine Lagarde – The 3 L’s of Women’s Empowerment

Christine Lagarde

A former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.

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Nnenna Agba – For Nigerian girls, education is the key that opens doors to progress

In the words of Op-Ed Nnenna Agba

Raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Agba gained popularity when she went on the widely watched television show America’s Next Top Model. With hard-won scholarships, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; she also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Affairs. Nnenna is supporting the education of her four sisters in Nigeria, and is the face of Kechie’s Project, an NGO that provides scholarships to girls from Nigerian schools.

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Michelle Bachelet – Once we make this dream a reality…

Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women's rights advocate, she has promoted gender equality and empowerment of women throughout her distinguished political career, including as her country's first female President, between 2006 and 2010. In this editorial, she says nearly 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we must recognize significant progress, but challenges remain in terms of gender equality and equity.

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Gisele Bündchen – Women Breaking Barriers to Clean Energy

Fashion icon Gisele Bündchen @giseleofficial is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme. She has been dubbed the world’s ‘greenest’ celebrity. After a more than five-mile walk to gather firewood with women in Kenya, she speaks out about the need for modern energy to reduce women’s labour and reduce pollution.

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Rajenda Pachauri – Women can lead the transition to a cleaner, sustainable environment

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri

Rajenda Pachauri, Ph.D, is the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading body for the assessment of climate change, and is the CEO of the New Delhi-based TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). He applauds the benefits of solar energy on women's lives.

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Parker Liautaud – The Gender Bias of Global Warming

Parker

Parker Liautaud is a polar explorer and climate change campaigner. In 2013, he completed the fastest human-powered trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. He studies Geology & Geophysics at Yale University and is a Fellow at the Yale Climate & Energy Institute. He writes about the connections between human rights and women’s disproportionate vulnerability to climate change.

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (left), and Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Hajiya Zainab Maina (right), with two young girls from the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in Abaji, Nigeria. Photo: UN Women/Mariam Kamara

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recalls the 1995 World Conference in Beijing as a defining moment, and reiterates that “it is time for the world to come together again for women and girls and complete this journey”. In this piece ahead of the Beijing+20 campaign launch, she makes a rallying call to global citizens to picture a world where gender equality and women’s empowerment exist.

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