The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.
Twenty-five years after the historic Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Forum will take stock of progress and chart an agenda of concrete actions to accelerate progress towards gender equality before 2030.
The Forum will be a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality, celebrating the power of women’s rights activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. It will be connected in real-time across the world through interactive satellite sessions enabled through technology to maximize participation.
The Forum will reaffirm the value of multilateralism and bring together the leadership and participation of various stakeholders - civil society, governments, business, cities, parliaments, trade unions, media and more - focusing on intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The key outcomes of the Forum will be a feminist agenda-setting and the launch of ‘Action Coalitions’, which are concrete partnerships for scaled-up and urgent action, focused on critical issues to achieve gender equality. The Forum will result in a collective agenda-setting and mobilization moment for accountability for gender equality.
The Generation Equality Forum is framed within the Beijing +25 review process which from March 2019 to September 2020 will include the following key milestones:
- Submission of national reports on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action;
- Presentation of the Beijing+25 process and the Generation Equality Forum (New York, 23 September 2019, within the framework of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations);
- Regional meetings at the UN Economic Commissions for the review of the country reports on compliance with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action;
- 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) (New York, March 9-20, 2020);
- Generation Equality Forum: Launch (Mexico, 7-8 May 2020);
- Generation Equality Forum: Culmination (Paris, France, 7-10 July 2020);
- Presentation of commitments and results of the Beijing+25 process and the Generation Equality Forum at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 23 September 2020).
The key objectives of the Forum will be to chart forward a fresh and bold feminist agenda and to launch a set of ‘Action Coalitions’ that will allow to achieve tangible results on gender equality during the UN Decade of Action (2020-2030) to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.
Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that will mobilize governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to:
- catalyze collective action,
- spark global and local conversations among generations,
- drive increased public & private investment,
- deliver concrete, game-changing results across generations for girls and women.
Based on human rights principles, and through a data-driven process of consultation with international feminist groups, grassroots activist organizations, governments and other partners, the selected themes of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions are:
- Gender-Based Violence
- Economic justice and rights
- Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
- Feminist action for climate justice
- Technology and innovation for Gender Equality
- Feminist movements and leadership
Each Action Coalition will launch a targeted set of concrete, ambitious and immediate actions within the period of 2020-2025 to deliver tangible impact on gender equality and girls’ and women’s human rights. Financing for results will be a core part of this agenda, to address systemic resource gaps that have so far hampered impact.
To serve these goals, Generation Equality Action Coalitions will advance new partnerships, implement targeted solutions, and report annually on progress towards collectively envisaged change, especially for girls and women left behind due to poverty or marginalization.
Beyond the Action Coalitions, the Forum will contribute to setting the global feminist agenda by bringing together gender equality advocates from all walks of life in a global and simultaneous public conversation on the urgent actions that need to be taken for the realization of gender equality, building solidarity and reaffirming a multilateral, intersectional and intergenerational feminist movement. This public conversation will provide the space for the voices of civil society and the women’s movement to shape the gender equality agenda for the coming years.
The momentum gained as a result of the Generation Equality Forum will be carried through to the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, where the UN will officially commemorate Beijing +25, and beyond.
Leadership and Governance
The Generation Equality Forum is being convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of France and Mexico in close partnership with civil society. The decision-making Core Group that is spearheading the planning, agenda-setting and execution of the Forum and its outcomes has representation from each of these four key partners. Two members of the Civil Society Advisory Group integrate the Core Group and the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee support the Core Group in the delivery of the Forum. You can learn more by visiting their pages.
The opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) was an opportunity to put the spotlight on gender equality and the Generation Equality Forum globally. A series of events were organized to secure high-level visibility and raise awareness of the Forum and its goals, both of which are critical to its success.
For example, the side event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum, hosted by France and Mexico and co-sponsored by UN Women, took stock of the gender equality outcomes of the Biarritz Summit and the work of the Gender Equality Advisory Council (UN Women Executive Director is a member). The side event was the occasion to officially introduce the Generation Equality Forum to the international community.
At the UNGA 74 side event, Champions for Generation Equality, UN Women and the Council of Women World Leaders came together to lend their voices and power to Generation Equality . Here it was announced that throughout the coming months, until the culmination of the Generation Equality Forum in July 2020, UN Women would introduce 282 champions for Generation Equality. The champions are women leaders from across different sectors who represent the change needed in leadership and some of the first champions included the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, and Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir.