Thank you to all the participants in the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality for your vibrant engagement on line and in person.
This civil society driven report of recommendations from the Tunis Forum will be sent to the Secretariat of the Beijing +25 process to inform the substantive preparations for the report of the Secretary-General on the Review and Appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to be submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) in March 2020. It will also inform the substantive preparations for the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution on Women, Peace and Security, to be held in 2020.
The Tunis Forum is a critical part of the civil society mobilization of Generation Equality, ‘Beijing+25: Celebrating 25 years of championing women’s rights’, which - with several other convenings, including Women Deliver 2019, and others through 2019 and 2020 - will continue to bring together the next generations of women’s rights activists with the gender equality advocates and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades ago, to collectively demand all stakeholders to tackle the unfinished business of empowering women, ensuring gender equality and realizing women’s rights for an equal future.
The Government of Tunisia, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Women, are organizing the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality that will take place April 24-26.
The Tunis Forum will take place one year before the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well as one year before the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which set the standard for women, peace and security. The Tunis Forum will also take place before the first Global Sustainable Development Report is presented to the autumn summit on the SDGs and will be an opportunity to integrate and connect the key elements of these processes and highlight the important role that civil society can play.
With this in mind, the consultation will focus on:
- Beijing to Beijing +25; what has worked, what was missing, what should the next 25 years be about?
- Gender equality for local governance transformation: can increasing numbers of women mayors in the world change the nature of our cities; how can their power be used to help create sustainable cities/ more equitable resource distribution?
- Women, Peace and security: has UNSCR 1325 delivered? What can be done to integrate the WPS agenda better with CEDAW? What could help give civil society more ownership of the WPS agenda?
- Innovation, technology and women’s economic empowerment; how can the 4th industrial revolution be harnessed for gender equality and women’s empowerment?