Generation Equality Forum Australia

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In March and June 2021, UN Women is convening the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. This landmark Forum brings together global partners, activists and allies to define and commit to concrete actions that will accelerate gender equality.

UN Women Australia invites you to mark the global Generation Equality Forum here in Canberra, or online.

  • Hear from the Governments of Mexico and France about why they are hosting, what was achieved in Mexico City – and the aspirations for Paris

  • Learn about the invaluable contributions of civil society to GEF, and how they are delivering transformative change, with a focus on the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights

  • Engage in a dialogue about the role diverse stakeholders can play, Australia’s contributions to the gender equality agenda, and actions each of us can take every day to #ActforEqual

Event Details

Please note that the live event has now sold out.  You can still join us via the livestream.  Please ensure you register your attendance by COB Thursday 27 May. 

Date: Friday 28 May 2021

Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am (event program, followed by informal networking and refreshments at the live event, concluding at 11:30 am) 

Where: Live event (SOLD OUT) at The Auditorium, ANU Research School of Social Sciences, 12 Ellery Crescent, Canberra, ACT 2601, or online via a virtual livestream

RSVP: Registrations are essential. The live event has now sold out.  If you would like to join us for the virtual livestream, please register by COB Thursday 27 May.  

Cost: Free

Background on the Generation Equality Forum (GEF)

The GEF takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive blueprint for achieving gender equality and women’s rights, adopted by 189 countries in 1995. Despite some progress, real change has been slow, and no country has yet to achieve gender equality.  As the world faces unprecedented challenges, including the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising inequality, progress on girls’ and women’s rights is at risk.

As part of the UN Decade of Action, the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico set the scene for the multiple crises we are witnessing around the world and focussed on action, launching the draft Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality.  

The Acceleration Plan calls on Action Coalitions – across six discrete areas of focus — to drive change and deliver concrete results.  These are global, innovative partnerships with governments, civil society, youth, international organisations, philanthropy and the private sector, to catalyse collective action, drive increased public and private investment, and deliver game-changing results for women and girls everywhere.

Action Coalition Theme: Economic Justice and Rights

Six action coalition themes are highlighted in the Acceleration Plan and on 28 May we will focus on the theme of Economic Justice and Rights.  You will hear from representatives from the Mexican and French Governments, sharing their insights from the GEF in Mexico and plans for the forthcoming GEF in Paris.  Our panel of experts will highlight what is working, and how we build new economic and social systems that include, and work, for everyone. Speakers include Delphine O, Ambassador, Secretary General of the Generation Equality Forum; Julie-Ann Guivarra, Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality and Bettina Baldeschi, CEO IWDA, among others.

We hope you can join us on 28 May for an event that will mark a shift in the progress towards gender equality.