March 8, 2020 marked International Women's Day. Check out this impactful video statement from UN Women's Executive Director,
|#WomensDay 2020: UN Women Executive Director's message
"The Generation Equality Forum is taking place in the context of the
25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,
the most comprehensive blueprint for achieving gender equality and women's rights, adopted by 189 countries in 1995. Despite some progress, real change has been slow, and no country has achieved gender equality. As the world faces unprecedented challenges, including climate crisis, rising inequality and threat to multilateralism, progress on girls' and women's rights is at risk."
1. Gender-Based Violence
2. Economic justice and rights
3. Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
4. Feminist action for climate justice
5. Technology and innovation for gender equality
6. Feminist movements and leadership
This year's UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been suspended in light of the Coronavirus disease. For now the work has been moved forward through a brief procedural meeting. The NGO community pressed for rescheduling, for full participation of women from around the globe, rather than a localized meeting.
For now, we of course recommend rigorous hand-washing and extra care for the health of all during this challenging time.