As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. This global public health crisis has direct implications for the Generation Equality Forum and for gender equality and women’s human rights. We recognize that women are playing a disproportionate role in responding to this disease—as caregivers, frontline healthcare workers, community leaders and mobilisers, often at great risk to their health. We stand in solidarity with them.
We have all watched with concern the rapid increase in the numbers of people all over the world, affected by the COVID-19 disease. The WHO has, on March 11th, 2020, characterized the outbreak of this disease as a pandemic and has called for a comprehensive, all-of-society strategy to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact.
In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed.
On the occasion of Equality Week in France, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, met in Paris with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on Monday, 2 March 2020.
The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in the preparation of the Generation Equality Forum, a global multi-stakeholder gathering for gender equality . Convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society, the Forum will be kicked-off on 7-8 May 2020 in Mexico City and it will culminate in Paris from 7 to 10 July 2020.
On 26-28 February, members of the governance structure of the Generation Equality Forum together with select representatives from civil society, partner states, UN agencies, the private sector – including philanthropic organizations – and feminist and youth-led organizations, gathered in Paris for an intensive three-day session designed to further the agenda of the upcoming Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City and Paris.
UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Anita Bhatia, attended the Paris Peace Forum, an international event on global governance issues and multilateralism, on 12 November, to discuss the upcoming 2020 Generation Equality Forum. The Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.