Africa Beijing+25 review calls for implementation of commitments made 25 years ago

The Africa Beijing+25 Regional Review served as a preparatory meeting for the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64). It adopted the Africa regional report to be incorporated into the global Beijing +25 report that will be presented at CSW64 in March 2020.

UN Women’s Press release states that 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.

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