As a NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) EFOMW was invited to participate in the Multi-Stakeholder Hearing: ‘Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’. Meeting was organised online 21 July 2020.

This event was organised with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), and as a part of the preparations for the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly.
The aim was to highlight current challenges and opportunities for accelerating action for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, through the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also aimed to highlight priority actions needed in the current context of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and a gender-responsive path to response and recovery from COVID-19.

During three sessions different stakeholders such as: national states representatives, academics, civil society and more, could inform of the progress with implementation of the Beijing Declaration goals. Participants presented some strategies, actions taken and good practices.

Topics discussed were:

  • Women and girls as change makers and role models,
  • The role of leadership in realizing women’s and girls’ rights
  • Women’s and youth activism and mobilization for gender equality
  • The role of men and boys in realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls

Meeting highlighted that achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls requires everyone’s engagement. In this sence panelists highlighted the role of men and boys as strategic partners and allies as well as agents and beneficiaries of change.

It also underlined the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Collaboration between various stakeholders has been crucial to advance the implementation of gender equality commitments, articulate women’s interests in public policies and enhance institutional accountability.

Non-governmental actors, especially women’s organizations, play a huge role in advocating to advance legislation, public policies and their implementation. Also actors, such as the media, academia, trade unions and the private sector also contribute to this common goal.

Even if we can see improvements since 1995 there is still a long way to go. More work is needed to ensure accountability of all stakeholders to deliver on commitments.

The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to:

  • Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls.
  • Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
  • Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.
  • Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training.
  • Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
  • Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.
  • Eradicate violence against girls.
  • Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.
  • Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls.

You can watch the hearing here.

Read ‘Beijing Platform for Action – 25 years on’ briefing for EU parliament here

Read more about Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action here:
https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/index.html
https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/pdf/BDPfA E.pdf