Generation Equality Forum (2021)

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The Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society-driven global event to further gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico. After being postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis, the event, which should have been held in July 2020, will take place in the first half of 2021, in Mexico City and then in Paris.

On 7 July 2020, the planned opening date of the Forum in Paris, a digital event called Our Generation Equality will symbolically celebrate the heightened efforts to further gender equality and women’s rights.

A quarter of a century after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

A quarter of a century after the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which form the most comprehensive framework for achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Forum will take stock of the progress made. A programme of tangible measures to achieve gender equality by 2030 will also be drawn up within the campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”.

The Forum will be a global discussion in which all stakeholders will take part, including civil society, public authorities, local government, the private sector and the media. The aim is to produce effective partnerships and ownership to bring swift action on a greater scale to advance gender equality. Emphasis will be placed on intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Generation Equality Forum action coalitions, for real progress in Paris

Multi-stakeholder Action Coalitions will be launched at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris during the first half of 2021. These coalitions will, as during the French G7 Presidency, involve governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve tangible, measurable results within five years on the following six themes:

  1. Gender-based violence;
  2. Economic justice and rights;
  3. Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights
  4. Feminist action for climate justice;
  5. Technology and innovation for Gender Equality;
  6. Feminist movements and leadership.

These themes were identified by UN Women in close collaboration with civil society, Mexico and France. Girls and young women will be central to the work of each Action Coalition.

The 65 first “Global Leaders” of the Action Coalitions were announced on 1 July 2020. They are States, feminist organizations, youth organizations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies and other international organizations, representing a great diversity of women’s voices from around the world.
France will lead the an Action Coalition on “Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights” and bring on board all its partners in the coming months to ensure the success of this historic event.

The consequences of the public health crisis on gender equality will be fully addressed in the work of the Forum’s Action Coalitions.

The Generation Equality Forum will also launch a Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, two decades on from the historic adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the advent of the Agenda of the same name. This Compact will supplement the six Action Coalitions of the Generation Equality Forum and create synergies.

Digital “Our Generation Equality” on 7 July 2020: follow it live at notregenerationegalite.org

While the COVID-19 crisis has sent a shockwave across the planet, worsening existing inequalities and disproportionately affecting women and girls, it has also proven the capacity of institutions and civil society to identify and implement solutions quickly to protect and guarantee women’s rights.

On 7 July 2020, the planned opening date of the Forum in Paris, a digital event called Our Generation Equality will symbolically celebrate the heightened efforts to further gender equality and women’s rights.

This event is being organized by the General Secretariat of the Generation Equality Forum in France, under the auspices of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the office of the Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination. It closely involves the Forum’s partners in France: UN Women France, the Embassy of Mexico in France, members of French and international civil society and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency).

The event will be livestreamed on 7 July 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 on the website notregenerationegalite.org and on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and will remain online afterwards.

Click here to consult the event’s programme (in French)