WEDO’s Position Paper for the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
In 1995 at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, 189 governments adopted the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), which identified goals for obstacles to the advancement of women in the world. Despite some policy gains, ten years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, women – especially poor women– the world over continue to face many of the same critical issues that were addressed in Beijing.
The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) urges governments at the 49th Session of the CSW to unequivocally reaffirm the Beijing Platform for Action, the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly and International Conference on Population and Development and their full and accelerated implementation at the national level in a brief political declaration.
Women are agents of change. We play an essential role in putting gender on the global policy agenda. We want to move forward rather than merely struggle to hold the line on prior gains.