2020 is an important year for the work for women and girls. It is 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; 20 years since UNSCR 1325; 10 years since UN Women was established; 5 years of Agenda 2030. It is therefore timely to look at the intersection of issues relating to women and girls, and ask, what do we want to see happen in the UK in 2020.
Each Government has been asked to consult with civil society to present a report to UN Women on progress over the last 25 years. Each Government that has signed up to Agenda 2030 and all UN members states must implement 1325. The UK was examined by CEDAW in February and there were numbers of Concluding Observations. The UK is also mid cycle for UPR.
So where is the UK in all of these processes? How are they linked? And how can they best be implemented? What is the role of civil society and what can parliamentarians do?
For the UN ECE region there will be a prep com for CSW in Geneva on 28 Oct 2019 for civil society and for States Parties on 29/30. In 2020 in Mexico and Paris there will be complementary celebrations. What contribution does the UK wish to make?
We are bringing together key actors in the women’s movement to participate in this event and there will be discussions on key themes from 5-6. We envisage that from 6 there will be a panel of parliamentarians responding to the key asks of the civil society representative – so that we can have a collaborative action plan to make the most of this time to bring about positive change for us all.
Date | 4th September
Time | 17.00 – 19.00
Location | Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Documents of relevance to participants:
- Meeting Overview
- Briefing Notes from Participants
- ‘Call for Evidence’ – Examples of Transformative Policies and Practices
- Beijing +25 Brief
- Beijing +25 Input to UK Parallel Report
- Global Forum for Gender Equality – Overview
- Sustainable Development Goals – SDG
- ‘Civil Society Forum to the regional review meeting on Beijing+25’ – Preliminary Presentation Draft
- ‘Contemporary Perspectives in the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security’ – notes based on Lesley
- ‘Submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry into the working of the Equalities Act 2010’ – Jackie Jones
- ‘Ensuring Women’s Rights in Repatriating EU Laws after Brexit’ – notes based on Lesley
- Final Remembering for Beijing
- ‘Get involved with Backto60’