Beijing+20: Share your perspectives on 20 years of international gender equality and women’s empowerment efforts

In 1995, national governments and activists converged in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women, making historic commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment. On the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking event, the United Nations and international actors are taking stock of progress in the past 20 years. The voices and experiences of grassroots women leaders are essential to this process of evaluating current realities and identifying future priorities. We want to hear your perspectives ahead of the next session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (Beijing+20), which will take place this March 9th to 20th.

Poverty alleviation and the economy are among the 12 critical areas of concern identified at the 1995 Conference. We hope you will join the global discussion in this Economic Empowerment Group about the last 20 years of global efforts to achieve economic gains for women.

Below are the objectives connected to poverty alleviation and the economy that were identified 20 years ago. World Pulse seeks your perspectives on the progress towards these goals in your community. Have you witnessed the fruits of national and international efforts in poverty alleviation and economic empowerment for women? What strategies have been most successful? What have been the major obstacles, and what lessons or best practices do you have to share on mitigating these challenges? Have you seen meaningful changes in the last 20 years? Are there new priorities that have emerged since the 1995 conference that you want to see achieve greater international commitment?

Beijing Platform for Action Poverty Alleviation Objectives

Strategic objective A.1. Review, adopt and maintain macroeconomic policies and development strategies that address the needs and efforts of women in poverty. 

Strategic objective A.2. Revise laws and administrative practices to ensure women's equal rights and access to economic resources. 

Strategic objective A.3. Provide women with access to savings and credit mechanisms and institutions. 

Strategic objective A.4. Develop gender-based methodologies and conduct research to address the feminization of poverty.


Beijing Platform for Action Women and the Economy Objectives

Strategic objective F.1. Promote women's economic rights and independence, including access to employment, appropriate working conditions and control over economic resources. 

Strategic objective F.2. Facilitate women's equal access to resources, employment, markets and trade.

Strategic objective F.3. Provide business services, training and access to markets, information and technology, particularly to low-income women. 

Strategic objective F.4. Strengthen women's economic capacity and commercial networks. 

Strategic objective F.5. Eliminate occupational segregation and all forms of employment discrimination. 

Strategic objective F.6. Promote harmonization of work and family responsibilities for women and men. 


Vew the full Platform for Action.


World Pulse may include select submissions in an upcoming article about Beijing+20. Post your perspectives to the Economic Empowerment group by March 2nd for your voice to be considered for inclusion in this story. Be sure to select "Group" as "Post Type" and then "Economic Empowerment Group" for your post to appear in this group. You will need to join the group first if you are not already a member.