The advances in the sphere of women’s rights that have been achieved after 20 years of Beijing+20 are being discussed these days. The sessions will be held from 9th to 20th March, and an assessment of the achievements will be held within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women, which was developed in Beijing in 1995. The evaluation exercise includes consultations at a national and regional level, and it seeks to identify the main challenges in the area of gender equality.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the main intergovernmental international body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It’s an organic Commission under the Economic and Social Council. This year is of vital importance not only for the 20th anniversary, but because it is part of the definition of the Post-2015 Agenda exercise.
Organizations that work and defend the rights of women and feminist organizations have released a statement calling for Governments and United Nations to not squander the opportunity and carry out urgent action in favor of the millions of women and girls who still face extraordinary challenges, including economic inequality, climate change, the emerging violence and fundamentalism.
During the evaluation session is expected to claim that the political declaration that has been negotiated is only a reaffirmation of existing commitments and not a document with a renewed commitment to ensuring gender equality, human rights and the empowerment of women with real resources and within a framework of accountability.
Nicole Bidegain, feminist activist of red feminista Desarrollando Alternativas para Mujeres de una Nueva Era (DAWN), commented that “…Absences include the lack a perspective of rights of women throughout the statement, it does not explicit which the global challenges are, and structural obstacles that explain the lack of implementation of the platform, it does not recognize the contribution of feminist organizations”.
Michel Sibidé, UNAIDS Director, said “…To put an end to the AIDS epidemic by the 2030, it will be essential to promote the autonomy of women and girls so that they can protect themselves against HIV, make decisions about their own health and to live without violence, in particular the violence associated with their HIV status.”
Every day there are more achievements reached in the sphere of women rights. However, it is necessary to continue mobilizing, and acting to pressure Governments and United Nations to achieved a dignified and viable political declaration.