Imagine a world where all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women and girls are not afraid of walking home late at night, and men and boys are not trapped in oppressive masculinities. In this world, gender equality is the norm. Men and women get paid equally for work of equal value and share the care work at home.
Imagine equality in political leadership and corporate boardrooms and factory floors. Women have equal say in decisions that affect their lives, their bodies, their policies, and their environment, from villages to cities.
Let’s make this a reality. Join UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign to accelerate gender equality actions and mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere.
Earlier this year, the Governments of France and Mexico agreed to co-chair the Generation Equality Forum, in partnership with civil society and convened by UN Women, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for gender equality and women’s rights, adopted in 1995.
“There cannot be social change without equality of gender,” said Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard. “If we do not reach that, there will be no progress. Societies will not change.”
The French Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne echoed the sentiment of urgent action for gender equality, adding: “We need concrete actions and coalitions to move women’s rights forward.”
The Generation Equality Forum, kicking off in Mexico City, Mexico, from 7-8 May 2020 and culminating in Paris, France, from 7-10 July 2020, will bring together activists, governments, business leaders, cities, parliaments, trade unions, media and others who are strong champions of gender equality, to grow partnerships and collaboration to reach gender equality.
Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, highlighted the importance of the Generation Equality Forum in bringing together the momentum of gender equality movements around the world for united action.