2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women, at which governments from around the world pledged to advance women’s rights and work towards full gender equality.
In this podcast, Gender & Development’s assistant editor Liz Cooke is joined by four women’s rights activists who have written for the Beijing +25 issue of the journal. Together they assess the impact of the Beijing Conference for women’s rights over the last 25 years, the role of the United Nations in supporting women’s struggle for equality, and the likely consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for women’s rights.
Taking part are:
- Melissa Upreti, Senior Director of Program and Global Advocacy, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
- Ulemu Kanyongolo, Founder of the Malawi Young Feminists’ Network
- Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
- Lina Abou Habib, Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut
Read their articles:
Anne Marie: Can the United Nations deliver a feminist future?
Ulemu: Beijing and its Platform for Action, then and now. A view from a young feminist in Malawi
Melissa: The Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan (fwMAP): mobilising globally for Beijing +25
Lina: The journey began in 1995: how Beijing shaped 25 years of activism