The Generation Equality Forum is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make gender equality a reality. Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, the Forum will kick off March 29, 2021 in Mexico City and culminate from June 30-July 2 in Paris.
The Forum is a landmark effort, bringing together civil society, the private sector, international organizations, youth-led groups, philanthropies, and governments for a visionary agenda for girls’ and women’s rights, equality, and empowerment.
In 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women, 189 countries adopted the most visionary agenda for girls’ and women’s empowerment, equality, and justice: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Twenty-six years after the gathering, progress toward gender equality has stalled, and public rhetoric on gender equality has far outpaced action, financing, or policy implementation. At the current rate, the World Economic Forum estimates that gender parity will not be realized for another 99.5 years.
COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities by disproportionately impacting millions of women and girls. Women have lost jobs at higher rates, school closures have jeopardized girls’ education, and countries worldwide have reported an increase in gender-based violence. Before the pandemic, women already did three times as much unpaid care and domestic work compared to men. The pandemic has increased that burden.
Thus, at this challenging moment, the Generation Equality Forum offers a necessary opportunity to confront this rising crisis as well as the enduring structural inequalities that preceded it.
The Forum’s agenda is organized around six Action Coalitions, which are multi-stakeholder partnerships that will catalyze collective action, increase public and private investment, and deliver concrete, game-changing results for gender equality.
The agenda also include a Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action and an imperative to reflect across Action Coalitions the needs of adolescent girls and the challenges of COVID-19.
Each Action Coalition is led by a group of Member States, international organizations, civil society organizations, youth-led organizations, philanthropies, and private sector companies that have signed onto five-year commitments as Action Coalition Leaders and worked to define priority action areas, goals, and tactics in the draft Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality.
Action Coalitions are seeking Commitment Makers to join. Learn more here. Action Coalition Commitment Makers and the public are also encouraged to provide feedback and input via the public consultation platform. To signal your interest as a commitment-maker, please fill out this form here.
The UN Foundation proudly supports the Generation Equality Forum and UN Women by raising awareness about the Forum, mobilizing high-level influencers, convening networks for collective action, and accelerating momentum through private sector engagement.