2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment – and the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security – the first time the Council addressed the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. The year also kicks off a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, with gender equality as one of the key drivers of transformation for a fairer world.
Twenty-five years after Beijing, the fight for gender equality is far from over, says UN Women, the UN entity working for the empowerment of women. To date, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality and at the current rate, it will take us nearly a century to reach that goal.
As the United Nations marks the anniversary of the promise of Beijing this year, it is asking everyone to step up and take action – across countries, industries, cultures and generations. The multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, brings together a new generation of change-makers and activists, and those who have been fighting for decades, to demand a fairer world where all women and girls can live freely and safely with dignity and access to equal opportunities to reach their fullest potential.
Check out our curated list of gender-related UN events this year. We also look at how gender equality is intrinsically linked to sustainable development, in relation to major forthcoming conferences.