What are Action Coalitions?
Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that are mobilizing 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 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:
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
In addition, a Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action will work to drive action and resources toward this agenda.
Each Action Coalition will propose 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. They will secure financing for this agenda, to address systemic resource gaps that have so far hampered impact.
This communique outlines the leadership criteria, process and timeline for the Generation Equality Action Coalitions. Read more►
How are Action Coalitions accelerating a transformative agenda of generational change?
This accelerated action agenda is taking on the following cross-cutting issues, in order to deliver tangible results:
Transforming Gender Norms (including by engaging men and boys)
Law and Policy Reform
Gender Data and Accountability
Addressing intersectional discrimination
Focusing on systemic change by addressing structural inequalities
Further, fragile and conflict-affected contexts will be intentionally addressed through explicit actions.
Centrality of adolescent girls and young women: At the heart of this groundbreaking, multi-generational campaign are adolescent girls and young women. Young people are mobilizing and making their voices heard, lifting up those who have been silenced, stigmatized and shamed far too long and driving transformative change. This new generation is seizing the moment to reimagine their lives, societies, economies and systems to uphold human rights, achieve gender equality and ensure that no one is left behind. One of the concrete actions in each Action Coalition will focus on the rights of adolescent girls and young women.
How will the Action Coalitions be developed?
Each Action Coalition will launch a transformative Blueprint, all part of a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality. The Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality presents the draft roadmap to accelerate progress on gender equality.
Each Blueprint will include:
(a) Rationale for why the theme was selected;
(b) A focused set of concrete actions that will unite diverse efforts and deliver game-changing results; See here the draft Actions released during International Women's day 2021 and here the inspirational statements made by the Action Coalitions leaders during the United Nations Observance Event for International Women's day 2021.
(c) Design principles to inform and guide how actions are undertaken;
(d) A financing analysis which estimates the overall costing needed to deliver results;
(e) A catalogue of commitments that governments, corporations and civil society partners members must undertake to accelerate progress;
(f) Accountability framework and annual success goalposts which highlight how actions will be measured and assessed; and
(g) General principles on how results will be reported.
Please find here visuals to amplify the Action Coalitions Blueprints on:
Gender-Based Violence, Economic Justice and Rights | Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) | Feminist Action for Climate Justice | Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality | Feminist Movement and Leaderships
How will the Action Coalitions operate?
Convener: UN Women, with the support of the whole UN System, will be the global convener of the Action Coalitions with a dedicated secretariat team to guide and support co-design, implementation, monitoring and oversight.
Leadership: Each Action Coalition is led by a group of partners: Member States (from the Global South and North), women’s movement, youth and civil society actors (from the Global South and North), and private sector entities. All prospective Action Coalition leaders are required to make a game-changing commitment in the action area they wish to lead. Find out here who are the leaders of the Action Coalitions selected so far.
Commitment Makers will be vital to a strong, vibrant and results-driven Coalition of commitment-making partners. Please find here more information about the Commitment Makers Model and here the link to signal your interest on the online platform.
Criteria: The details on the Action Coalitions' leadership criteria, are available here.
What are the next steps?
Mobilization of Action Coalition leadership and Commitment Makers will gather momentum in the coming months, alongside the development of Action Coalition Blueprints. Virtual collaboration tools will be launched as a strategic way for individuals, experts and organizations to engage in a digital public conversation about the Action Coalitions, to crowd-source ideas which, along with available data and evidence, will be used for developing actions and commitments across each theme.
Read the joint statement endorsed by the majority of co-leaders of the Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence and presented at UN Women's high-level side-event on gender-based violence at UNGA 75: En | Sp | Fr | Watch the video