Mexico: Co-Chair in UN Forum on Gender EqualityBy Rodrigo Brugada | Tue, 07/06/2021 - 16:23
Mexico was Co-Chain in the UN-led gender equality forum held last week in Paris, France, which aimed to eliminate gender-based disparities. The Generation Equality Forum featured multiple discussion panels and provided a platform for over 700 speakers and delegates from 150 countries to discuss critical topics, including the benefits gender equality brings not just to women but to societies as a whole. The forum was divided into two stages: the first in Mexico City and the second in Paris.
The forum brought together governments, corporations and stakeholders worldwide to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. Three days of dynamic discussions, activities and cultural celebrations in Mexico led to the announcement of the Action Coalitions: A Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality draft. The draft compiles the efforts of coalition members to catalyze collective action, spark global and local conversations among generations, drive increased public and private investment and deliver concrete progress on gender equality across generations for girls and women. The document states that intersectionality, feminist leadership and transformation are its core principles. It also mentions six key themes being addressed by the coalitions: gender-based violence, economic justice and rights, bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, feminist action for climate justice, technology and innovation for gender equality and feminist movements and leadership.
Action coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships based on human rights principles. They are mobilizing governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to catalyze collective action, spark global and local conversations among generations, drive increased public and private investment, and deliver concrete, game-changing results for girls and women. This work is to be done through a data-driven consultation process with international feminist groups, grassroots activist organizations, governments and other partners. The main actions that these coalition groups will undertake include tackling financing, transforming gender norms (including by engaging men and boys), law and policy reform, education, gender data, and accountability, addressing intersectional discrimination, focusing on systemic change by addressing structural inequalities.
The document’s final version stablishes a solid framework for the operation of the coalitions. Through a series of workshops, consultations and dialogue, action coalition leaders worked together and with their constituencies to develop the blueprints and ease effective work. These coalitions aim to accelerate change for women and girls in all their diversity, recommend potential areas for action and sketch out possible governance and accountability models moving forward. The expected results comprise a permanent acceleration in equality, leadership and opportunities for women and girls worldwide.