A UNICEF-organized event in New York on March 4 marked the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, the Beijing Platform is the world’s most comprehensive framework for achieving gender equality.
At the close of the discussion, Donnady Coquila Lao, a youth advocate from the Philippines, suggested celebrating an International Day of the Girl. Then, all girls will realize how important they are, she said.
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) invites civil society organizations and others to participate in online discussions on the Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPA) as a contribution to the 15-year review of the implementation of the BPA at the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 1-12 March, 2010.
The discussion on the Girl Child will take place in February 2010.
The 53rd session of the ECOSOC Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) met in New York City on March 2-13, 2009, to address the “equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including care-giving in the context of HIV/AIDS.” The following are the WGG recommendations that are in the Agreed Conclusions:
Intensify efforts to fully implement the Beijing Platform for Action (15a);
Ensure that men and boys are actively involved in policies and programmes to improve the equal sharing of responsibilities with women and girls in order to promote the human rights of women and the girl child (15i);
Take measures to protect and address the needs of women and girls in situations of humanitarian emergencies (15m);
Implement national development plans, with the full participation of women and girls, that reduce the feminization of poverty and HIV/AIDS and enhance the capacity of women and girls to meet the negative social and economic impacts of globalization (15n);
Provide support for girls affected by HIV/AIDS, including young and adolescent mothers ,and prevent discrimination against those affected by HIV/AIDS (15gg);
Take all necessary measures to address the needs of girls infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, especially girls heading households (15kk);
Expand accessibility of comprehensive public health services, including community-based services, specifically related to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS to alleviate the burden on women and girls who provide unpaid care services (15mm);
Ensure the right of all girls, including migrant girls and domestic workers, to education, training, health service, food, shelter and recreation and prevent and eliminate child labor and the economic exploitation of girls (15y);
Strengthen education, health and social services and effectively utilize resources to achieve gender equality and ensure girls’ rights to education at all levels and their enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (15aa);
Develop gender sensitive education and training programmes, including for educators aimed at eliminating discriminatory attitudes towards women and girls (15pp);
Address gender stereotypes by encouraging media to promote gender equality and the non-stereotypical portrayal of women and girls and men and boys (15rr);
Develop strategies to eliminate gender stereotypes and foster the positive portrayal of women and girls as leaders and decision-makers (15ss);
Develop a strategy of zero tolerance for violence against women and girls (15tt);
Adopt measures to overcome the negative impacts of the economic and financial crisis on women and girls and maintain adequate levels of funding for gender equality (15xx).
Now it is our responsibility to hold our government leaders accountable for the pledges they made to girls!