The 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is planned to take place from 9 to 20 March 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The year 2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995).
25 years ago, tens of thousands of women came together in Beijing from around the world for the Fourth World Conference on Women. This conference was the result of many years of advocacy on the part of feminist movements, and produced the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This was a watershed moment for women’s rights. The Beijing Platform for Action made a blueprint for advancing gender equality, with 12 different “critical areas of concern”.
Over the past two and a half decades, there has been some progress made on women’s rights, but, unsurprisingly to feminists, we still live in a patriarchal world. No country in the world has met the ambition of the Beijing Platform. There has also been a huge amount of pushback on issues of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ equality, and human rights in general. And key issues such as disarmament, conflict, refugee crises, and climate change are frequently siloed from discussions about gender equality.
This year’s Commission on the Status of Women will bring together feminist activists to discuss the past 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and generate energy for accelerated action. Beijing+25 will also be commemorated through two Generation Equality forums, to be held in Mexico (May 7-8) and Paris (July 7-10).
What will WILPF be doing at CSW?
10 March 2020, 8:30-10:00AM: “Feminist Alternatives: Challenge Militarism to Save our Planet” (4 W 43rd Street, Social Hall, New York, NY). Sponsor: WILPF
11 March 2020, 12:30-2:00PM: "Media's Role in Implementation of UNSCR 1325" (52nd St Salvation Army, Downstairs), Sponsors: International Media Support, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN)
11 March 2020, 2:30PM: “Sisters, Seeds and Soil: Bold Voices & Choices for Ecofeminism” 4 W 43rd Street, Green Room, Sponsors: WILPF, FAO/WUNRN; Rural Coalitions; Seeding Sovereignty/Indigenous Iowa; WhyHunger; Soul Fire Farm; Family Farm Defenders and WILPF Ghana
12 March 2020, 4:30-6:00PM: SHE SPEAKS: Conversations for a Peaceful and Inclusive Society, (52nd St Salvation Army, Downstairs), Sponsors: Joy Onyesoh Foundation, WILPF Nigeria
12 March 2020, 7:00-8:30PM: Global Women Changemakers Summit: Reimagining Peace, Working Toward Justice (The Forum, Columbia University, 601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027) Sponsors: Earth Institute Women, Peace and Security Program, Columbia University World Leaders Forum (Co-sponsors: Nobel Women's Initiative, Peace is Loud, and the Public Science Project)
13 March 2020, 12:30-2:00PM: Transnational Feminist Peacebuilding to End the Korean War, (52nd St Salvation Army Auditorium), Sponsor: Korea Peace Now!
13 March 2020, 2:30-4:00PM: Feminists Want System Change: Agenda2030 & BPfA, (CCUN Chapel), Sponsor: Women’s Major Group
14 March 2020, 10:30AM: Beijing Platform for Action Implementation in Yemen: Recommendations from women at frontlines, (CCUN Tenth Floor), Sponsor: Peace Track Initiative, WILPF, Food for Humanity
14 March 2020, 10:30AM-12:00PM: Beijing Women's Peace Train - Looking Back, Looking Forward, (CCUN 8th Floor), Sponsor: WUNRN - Women's UN Report Network, WILPF US
18 March 2020, 2:30-4:00PM: Implementation of 1325 in (Post)Conflict Context: Balance Between State and Human Security (Church Center for the United Nations, Drew Room). Sponsors: WILPF, Women's Initiative "One of Us", Women's Network for Dialogue and Inclusive Peace, Ukrainian Women's Veteran Movement