Member states gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 October to 1 November 2019 to review Africa’s implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.
Written by UN Women
In 2020, the world will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere. To prepare for the milestone anniversary, Member States, civil society and other stakeholders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 October to 1 November to review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.
The Beijing+25 Regional Review was organized by the African Union Commission’s Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN Women.
In her opening remarks, Lehau Victoria Maloka, Acting Director of WGDD, emphasized the importance of reviewing Member States’ implementation of the commitments made 25 years ago, highlighting the fact that the Beijing commemoration coincides with other milestones in the gender equality calendar such as the African Women’s Decade and the 20 anniversary UN Security Council resolution 1325.