In 1995, 189 countries including Ireland came together in China for the 4th UN World Conference on Women. The Conference adopted the United Nations Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA). This is a visionary roadmap for the achievement of women’s human rights and empowerment throughout the world. Beijing+20 marks the 20th anniversary of the BPFA. In March 2015, the UN Commission on the Status of Women will meet in New York to review progress on the BPFA and the global achievement of women’s rights and equality. Ireland will be represented there.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the National Women’s Council of Ireland are playing our part by hosting a high level one-day conference to mark Beijing+20. The conference will be opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and is a great opportunity for women and men in Ireland to come together to review, reflect, discuss and develop strategies for moving forward on women’s rights and equality.
ATD Ireland members will attend the conference with members of the SAOL project.
On October 16th 2014, ATD international organised at the UN in NY a panel discussionon the topic of women, poverty, and participation. Title of the event was: Beijing+20 Leave No One Behind: Women, Poverty, and Participation
Read also the post by Diana Skelton, ATD International Deputy General Director: How Can Women in Poverty Challenge the Patriarchy of Social Services?