US: UN Women launches campaign to commemorate Beijing Declaration

New York, US (PANA) - The UN entity tasked with promoting gender equality (UN Women) has launched a year-long, worldwide commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Friday said through a year of activities, UN Women aims to mobilise governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity.

It said events would focus on achievements and gaps in gender equality and women’s
empowerment since 189 governments adopted the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform
for Action, which is meant to pave the way for women’s full and equal participation in all
spheres of life and decision-making.

"The Beijing Platform for Action is an unfulfilled promise to women and girls, our goal is straightforward: renewed commitment, strengthened action and increased resources to realise gender equality, women’s empowerment and the human rights of women and girls," Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said.

"I call on everyone to be part of the solution to gender equality. Picture It! Together we can
realise the promise of Beijing: equality between women and men," Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said.

She said the campaign would kick off with an all-day globe-spanning Tweetathon, and listed the participating groups to include the UN, Lean In, the World YWCA, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Half the Sky, the European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s Media Centre, Devex and other regional and national experts.

UN Women will unveil a global global information hub diverse voices, testimonies of personal experiences and achievement, celebrity champions and a calendar to track Beijing+20 events.

"The HeforShe" web platform will spotlight prominent men standing up to end violence against women and advance equality. UN Women will support engagement through its network of country offices and release an interactive Facebook app, "Close the Gap".

The formal commemoration of the 20th anniversary will take place during the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and International Women’s Day 2015 will be dedicated to Beijing+20. A high-level commitment meeting is expected in September 2015.

The Beijing Women’s Conference drew an unprecedented 17,000 participants while 30,000 representatives attended the NGO Forum.

In 2015, the UN will assess progress on implementation of the Beijing action plan over the past 20 years, based on national reports currently being prepared by UN member states.
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