Beijing Declaration on Women’s Rights will mark 20th anniversary this year
March.1: The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. To mark the 20th anniversary UN Women launched a global campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It”, to reignite the gender equality debate through global events and engagement
Considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing road map was adopted by 189 governments. But 20 years on, the commitments made are only partially fulfilled.
According to organizing committee from 9-20 March, the 59th Commission on the Status of Women will review global implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and take stock of where women stand in the World today. From the political to the economic spheres, progress has been made, but not enough.
Today, only one five parliamentarians is a woman, it said. Approximately 50 per cent of women worldwide are in paid employment, an increase from 40 per cent more than 20 years ago, with wage inequality persistent. At the present rate of progress, it will take 81 years for women to achieve parity in employment.
The pandemic of violence against women and girls affects one in three women worldwide, despite being recognized as a gross human rights violation and a barrier to global development. In 2000, the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security recognized the need to increase women’s role in peace building in post-conflict countries. Yet, from 1992 to 2011 only four percent of signatories to peace agreements and nine percent of negotiators at peace tables were women.
In the lead-up to the Commission, a record-breaking 166 countries undertook national reviews regarding the status of women in their countries. Rich contributions have also come in through consultations with civil society, who remain an integral part of this process. Setting a new record, more than 1,100 NGOs and a total of 8,600 representatives have registered to participate in this year’s session. About 200 side-events hosted by governments and UN agencies are planned alongside the official meetings of the Commission, with an additional 450 parallel events by civil society.
The Oslo Times