Share-Net and WO=MEN, in collaboration with Rutgers, Amref Flying Doctors, Dance4Life and Atria, will organize a roundtable meeting on January 16. The aim is to: 1) review the outcomes and lessons learned of the ICPD +25 Nairobi Summit; 2) review the outcomes of Regional Review Meeting on Beijing +25 in Geneva; 3) update participants about the Beijing +25 process and the pushback on women’s rights, LGBTQI+ rights and gender justice, including on the Gender, Peace & Security agenda; and 4) start drafting recommendations for CSW. The meeting will take place on the 16th of January 2020 in The Hague from 13.00 to 17.30.
The ICPD Agenda, as set out in the Cairo Program of Action, and the Beijing Declaration and Program of Action, are both in the midst of celebrating their 25th anniversaries. Countries have made significant progress in certain areas of women’s rights and gender equality, as well as in sexual and reproductive health and rights, yet there is a still a long road ahead to achieve the goals set out in these agendas, while we also see an increasing and well-funded and organised pushback in many countries, including countries that were earlier highly supportive of those agendas. The ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit held in November 2019 highlighted the unfinished business of the Cairo Program of Action and led to significant renewed commitments. During the Regional Review Meeting Beijing+25 in October 2019 we again experienced strong anti-gender narrative. The coming year will be defining for the accelerated realization of gender justice, the empowerment of all women and girls and the active engagement of boys and men in this transformative agenda for the benefit of everybody. The next important milestone in 2020 is the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in March 2020, followed by the Generation Equality Forum, which will kick-off in Mexico City (7-8 May 2020) and culminate in Paris (7-10 July 2020). These important events will lead to the General Assembly of the UN (UNGA) in September 2020 where governments will adopt the Beijing resolution and decide the way forward.
The aim of the roundtable meeting is to strategize together for the remaining Beijing+25 process, taking into account the outcomes of the ICPD+25 and the start of the Beijing+25 process. With this in mind, the meeting will touch upon the following areas: political developments and in particular dealing with opposition, key action points as set out in the Gender, Peace and Security agenda, and issues relating to women’s rights, gender justice and sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people in all their diversities. The focus of the meeting will be the contribution of The Netherlands to the implementation of these agendas, relating to both national and international policies and financing of its implementation.
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