The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. Kicking off in Mexico City, Mexico, and culminating in Paris, France, in the first half of 2021, the Forum will launch a set of concrete, ambitious, and transformative actions to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality.
The year 2020 marks a milestone moment for accelerating implementation of global commitments to gender equality. It is the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of its landmark outcome, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary agenda that set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or private.
Despite the commitments made in Beijing to take strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas of concern, and some ensuing progress in these areas, not a single country today can claim to have achieved gender equality. The Beijing Platform for Action’s 25th anniversary commemoration is therefore a rallying point to finally achieve the human rights of all women and girls and will be a moment for global mobilization.
The Generation Equality Forum presents a vital moment in this mobilization. It is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder global gathering for gender equality, fundamentally rooted in the same logic that made the momentous advance of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action possible twenty-five years ago. This is the power of activism, feminist solidarity, and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. The Forum therefore represents a key moment for engagement among gender equality advocates from every sector of society—governments, civil society, private sector, entrepreneurs, trade unions, artists, academia, and social influencers—to foster a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality.
To learn more about the Forum, the Action Coalitions and to stay up-to-date on all the latest developments, visit the Generation Equality Forum website.