International Women’s Day 2020: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. (UN Women)

This year’s International Women’s Day (8 March) takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive roadmap on women’s rights.

With UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign being leveraged worldwide, the 2020 International Women’s Day commemoration at UN Headquarters aims to bring together the next generation of women and girl leaders, many of whom were not even born in 1995, with the women’s rights advocates and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades ago.

As the forthcoming UN Women report, “Women’s Rights in Review 25 years after Beijing” reveals important progress in some areas such as education and heath, while others have seen stagnation and reversals. Overall change has been too slow for the majority of the world’s women and girls. Progress is now under threat from rampant inequality, runaway climate change and the rise of exclusionary politics.

Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Many hard-won victories are being reversed.

Checkout more and follow some of the events lined up by UN Women on this link

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