Action Coalitions

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:

  1. Gender-Based Violence

  2. Economic justice and rights

  3. Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)

  4. Feminist action for climate justice

  5. Technology and innovation for Gender Equality

  6. 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: 

  • Financing

  • Transforming Gender Norms (including by engaging men and boys)

  • Law and Policy Reform

  • Education

  • 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 to become an Action Coalition Commitment Maker?

The Generation Equality Action Coalitions represent a unique opportunity to make concrete change for millions of women and girls across and accelerating results on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Check how Member States and Private Sector companies can join the Action Coalitions and make strong commitments to one or several Action Coalitions. You can apply to become an Action Coalition Commitment Maker here and define commitments using the “Action Coalitions Commitments Handbook”. All Leaders and Commitment Makers are invited to register their commitments through the Commitments Platform until 22 June 2021 COB EST.


FAQ – Commitment Micro-Site

FAQ is also available to provide additional information to Member States interested in registering commitments to the Action Coalitions.


How will the Action Coalitions be developed?

Each Action Coalition launched a draft Blueprint at the Generation Equality Forum at Mexico City on 29 – 31 March 2021. Together these Blueprints comprise a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality. The Action Coalitions will present an advanced version of the Global Acceleration Plan at the Generation Equality Forum at Paris, 30 June – 2 July 2021 and will call for strong commitments to it.



The Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality includes :

(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 catalogue of commitments that governments, corporations and civil society partners members must undertake to accelerate progress;

(e) Accountability framework and annual success goalposts which highlight how actions will be measured and assessed; and

(f) 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. Find more information about the Commitment Makers Model and signal your interest on the online platform

Criteria: The details on the Action Coalitions' leadership criteria, are available here.


What are the next steps?

Action Coalitions Leaders and Commitment Makers are expected to make strong commitments to realize the transformative vision of the Action Coalitions. A platform has been opened to collect Leaders’ and Commitment Makers’ commitments. A Commitments Handbook has been released to support Leaders and Commitment Makers in designing strong commitments, ideally in partnership with others. Commitments will be showcased at the Paris Forum, 30 June – 02 July 2021.

By bringing diverse champions together—governments, the UN system, private sector, philanthropies, and feminist, women’s rights and youth organizations—the Action Coalitions are catalyzing a movement to break down the most intractable barriers to equality and justice.

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