ENSURING INCLUSIVITY AND EQUALITY: MAKING INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS A REALITY ON THE GROUND

BEIJING + 25 – KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

The Beijing Declaration and platform for Action remains the road map yet there are areas that need to be discussed and addressed

  • Beijing continues to be the inspiration and the roadmap. Beijing Feminist must continue to inspire and help nurture young feminists.
  • Beijing defined gender within a binary framework. This needs to be addressed and expanded in the Beijing+25 process.
  • Feminist knowledge generation and dissemination should be a priority in the Beijing+25 process.
  • Sexual and reproductive rights are the non-negotiables of the Beijing + 25. If the protections, services, awareness of rights are not in place, gender equality will continue to be a challenge. Gender equality and human rights approach curriculum development on HRSH is a critical minimum for the Beijing + 25.
  • Measures to tackle patriarchal attitudes that prevent women’s full access to rights should be defined, adequately funded and implemented.
  • De-monopolize data collection and analysis. Develop wide partnership with national stakeholders, including statistical offices, and civil society organization. Take into account the data produced by grass-roots movements and assure data ownership across different sectors.

Strategic Dialogue on Next Generation Gender Equality

  • Explicit efforts need to be made to engage the younger generation of feminists in the Beijing+25 process. The conversations about the Beijing + 25 process must go beyond those connected and participating in the feminist work. Broad reach out beyond the usual constituencies is critical.
  • The Beijing generation ought to invest in learning new communication technologies and pass on knowledge to be communicated by the youth through this technology.
  • Funding is needed to facilitate capacity building, organization and engagement of youth in the Beijing+25 process.
  • The Beijing + 25 process needs to be inclusive and promote intersectionality as a strategy to ensure no one is left behind. Promoting intersectionality also means advocating for the collection of intersectional data at every level, and to conceive the concept of intersectionality through a research lens. (different identities=different challenges).

Transformative approaches to women’s leadership

  • Transformative women’s leadership should be promoted to assure sustained the empowerment of women through recognition of their commitments, sacrifices, vision and courage to act, sometimes in impossible circumstances and amplify their efforts globally.
  • Create synergy and encourage women leaders at all levels, formal and informal, to unite and lead towards needed social change under Beijing +25 momentum.
  • Grass roots movement should be considered as unique “pool of women leaders” with capacity to transform, adjust, unite, produce new values, strike, demand accountability, build the bridges and create long-term partnerships.
  • It is important to connect to other solidarity movements. Human rights approach is the common platform that unite and strengthen one another.
  • Challenge and thoroughly address the push-back against women in decision making through bottom-up and top-down strategies.
  • When working on masculinities work with women’s organisations, to ensure accountability towards women’s rights, and respect the principles of do not harm.
  • Contextualise interventions and use less sensitive issues as entry points for engaging men and boys – such as fatherhood and sports – and move towards a gender transformative approach. Men need to see the gains and positive impact in their lives and communities of gender equality.
  • Address gender equality and harmful forms of masculinities from a life-cycle approach with a wide range of individuals, parents, community and institutions (education, religious institutions, governments, etc.).
  • States should be encouraged to provide social and economic support to financially vulnerable women, to ensure equality before the law.
  • Judges should be trained on international norms and should enforce limits on child marriage laws without exception.
  • Work with policy makers to lift all reservations on international treaties, conventions and resolutions and build the capacities of gender advocates to work for the full implementation of all treaties.
  • Enhance the professional and technical skills of women for the objective of mainstreaming gender justice in all public and private institutions.
  • We urge Parliaments to ensure that all public budgetary units apply gender responsive budgeting.
  • Bearing in mind new emerging threats to the safety and security of women in politics, we call on Parliaments to promote informed policy development and immediate measures to assure women’s political participation.

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY – RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Adopt a comprehensive, gendered approach that centres women’s participation and analysis across the different fields such as governance, protection, and humanitarian response and throughout all phases of conflict.
  • Prioritize disarmament and demilitarization as critical to sustainable peace and call for the full implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty which prohibits the transfer of arms to conflict s in which women and/or children might be harmed.
  • Recognize local and indigenous feminist peace work and connect it to global frameworks for better implementation and understanding.
  • Turn women’s individual work into movements through the creation of intersectional feminist spaces that build alliances to have a common response, engage politically, and support each other.
  • Establish a paradigm shift by identifying allies and engaging other sectors like religious leaders, government, community, and the media to build coalitions and networks.
  • Make gender-responsive policies and requirements, including gendered allocation and tracking of financial resources, a basic requirement.
  • Develop early warning and alert mechanisms to enable women’s organizations to report peace and security threats and protection concerns to responsible community, government and international bodies.
  • Protect women human rights defenders and peace makers through national legislation and accountability and response mechanisms.
  • Claim our space at the table by presenting strategic solutions to problems
  • Link accountability for women, peace and security to CEDAW.

Local Governance – recommendations

  • Diversify the composition of electoral commissions to encourage women’s political participation.
  • Continue to empower women candidates and women in politics to develop the skills set needed.
  • Ensure training of candidates and other women in politics is conducted by feminist women who have a background in politics.
  • Acknowledge and systemically address the level of sexual harassment and violence against women who run for political office at all levels of government
  • Form a new global alliance to campaign for women to vote for women.
  • Build and mainstream a mechanism that supports women’s campaign funding.
  • Encourage positive engagement with the media and the promotion of a quota on women experts to give opinions and statements in news broadcasting (political, scientific, and all domains of expertise).
  • Encourage the implementation of horizontal and vertical alternation between gender on electoral lists.
  • Condemn violence against women in politics and eliminate impunity for perpetrators.
  • Raise awareness about the need to feature positive media about political female leaders and women in general.

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT –RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Create partnerships with financial institutions and other non-bank partners to inform the development of SME loan products (funding of small and medium-sized enterprises) specifically geared towards the needs of women-owned SMEs.
  • Integrate and apply a gender lens to technological, economic or social innovations that tackle global development challenges.
  • Cultivate innovation to empower women and foster greater gender equality while creating and harnessing new solutions that offer fresh perspectives to difficult problems.
  • Define and extend the concept of “violence against women in a public space” to include virtual public spaces. Cyberspace must be a safe space for women and girls. Build active online communities to take action against online violence against women. As a first step develop a harmonised intersecting approach and legal definitions of cyber violence against women.
  • Work to improve legal instruments that ensure the criminalisation of the most pervasive forms of cyber violence against women.
  • Improve data collection and the production of accessible, transparent and clear statistics about online violence to contribute to revealing the full extent of online violence and map the lack of gender sensitivity of cities.
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