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International Women's Day 2015: Re-thinking women's empowerment and gender equality in 2015 and beyond

A High-Level Conference to review the progress made and the challenges remaining since Beijing Platform for Action

To celebrate International Women’s Day, and in the framework of the celebration of the twentieth anniversary  of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action adopted in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, UNESCO organized a Conference on the theme “Re-thinking Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and beyond”.

International Women's Day is an occasion to take stock of progress made towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Although progress has been made, we are still a long way from achieving gender equality worldwide. There is no single country in the world where women have achieved full equality and full enjoyment of their rights. This alone should emphasize the need to keep a strong focus on gender equality and women's rights in the post-2015 development agenda. Women have a vital contribution to make to the achievement of peaceful and sustainable societies. We need to ensure that they participate fully and enjoy equal rights in all domains.

As a specialized UN agency, UNESCO plays a key role in fostering change and shaping a better future. Since 2008, UNESCO has made gender equality a global priority and contributes to a gender mainstreaming approach in Education, the Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information.

UNESCO invited six eminent women to a Conference on "Re-thinking Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and beyond" to discuss the progress made since the Beijing Conference and the challenges which remain. The review takes place at a strategic time as it coincides with the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda. Therefore, it is essential for gender equality to be positioned at the heart of the post-2015 agenda both as a priority in itself and as a means to the full realisation of the development goals.

To know more about the Conference, you can read our report here.

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