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The Generation Equality Forum took place in Mexico City in March and in Paris from 30 June – 2 July 2021. The Forum launched a 5-year action journey to achieve irreversible progress towards gender equality, founded on a series of concrete, ambitious and transformative actions, including $40 Billion in financial commitments. Read more about the outcomes of the Paris Forum here.
Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality
The 2021 Generation Equality Forum was a major global inflection point for gender equality. This landmark effort brought together governments, corporations and change makers from around the world to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. These diverse stakeholders have embarked on a 5-year journey to accelerate equality, leadership and opportunity for women and girls worldwide. This work will culminate in 2026.
The Generation Equality Forum also fueled a powerful and lasting coalition for gender equality. It presented a vital moment for activists, feminists, youth and allies to achieve transformative change for generations to come.
The Forum took place at a critical moment. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gender inequities, with reports of rising violence against women, as well as higher adverse economic impacts caused both by increased unpaid care-giving and the fact that women work in more insecure, low-paid and informal jobs. Women of color, indigenous women and youth face compounded risks and barriers. We are living through a gender equality crisis, and the outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum offer a critical opportunity to confront it.
The Forum’s 5-year action journey is built around a Global Acceleration Plan – a global road map for gender equality that aims to fulfil the promise of the Beijing Platform for Action and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It involves every sector of society – governments, civil society, private sector, entrepreneurs, trade unions, artists, academia and social influencers – to drive urgent action and accountability. READ MORE
Side Event, 2 July 2021 : Feminist Ally Coalitions at the UN
- Tetet Nera-Lauron, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the Philippines.
- Sanam Amin, feminist activist, writer & researcher from Bangladesh.
- Cécile Ndjebet, the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cameroon.
The session will be moderated by Mrinalini Rai of the Women4Biodiversity
Organized collectively by Women and Gender Constituency of UNFCCC processes, CBD Women Caucus at UN CBD, Women’s Rights Caucus at CSW, Feminist Response to COVID Collective, Women’s Working Group on FfD, Women’s Major Group at UNEA, Women’s Major Group at UN DRR, Women’s Major Group at UNFF, Women’s Major Group at SD HLPF and Women in Migration Network.
The ten feminist ally constituencies mentioned above, have worked together for years in UN policy spaces to amplify the voices, capacity and needs of feminist groups and ensure that gendered perspectives are mainstreamed into the substance, structures and legal frameworks and policies of the UN.
Systemic barriers to gender equality, international feminist solidarity, feminist response to COVID-19 and building forward transformative, justly and sustainably are the joining themes of all our constituencies. Decolonization of institutional policy spaces, and feminist spaces, as well as economic justice, challenging of neoliberal extractive economies will be other overarching issues. Focusing on the intersectionality of our struggles, we talked about rural women, migrant women, land tenure, land rights and biodiversity. Joy and opportunities presented by having these feminist coalitions and the importance of amplifying the local and national feminist work in the global UN policy spaces will be integral to all our discussions.
The event highlighted the work of the feminist ally constituencies and their systemic, intersectional approach. The event aimed to show and encourage participants to join alternative, feminist ways of engaging and advocating in international policy spaces. The work of the feminist ally constituencies illustrated the value of upholding feminist ambition, radical solidarity, and building on synergies and collective action.