Social Inclusion of Women:
From Beijing to Post-2015
6 - 8 May 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina
UNDP, together with UN Women and the Government of Argentina, will convene a Global Conference entitled “Women and Social Inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015,” as part of a year-long series of events commemorating the twentieth Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action(BPfA).
The Conference will bring together global leaders, parliamentarians, policy makers, researchers, activists and grassroots women from around the world to reflect on persistent and emerging challenges facing women and girls living in poverty around the world and to review actions taken to address women’s poverty and inequality since the adoption of the BPfA. The discussions will be aimed to influence the Post-2015 dialogue, the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals, the climate change negotiations and discussions on new modalities for financing for development.
Beijing Platform for Action
In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action identified 12 Critical Areas of Concern, noting, among others, that “the empowerment of women is a critical factor in the eradication of poverty”. The BPfA recognized that women are vital agents of development and recommended changing economic structures.
Over the last two decades, poverty rates have declined by half and policymakers have increasingly recognized the ways that women experience poverty differently and more severely than men. Yet despite some progress, women around the world continue to face a number of challenges, including deteriorating conditions of employment, unequal access to resources and, in most countries, unequal legal rights. They also face a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work, the reduction and redistribution of which remains a pressing challenge.
Marie Claire is a young Rwandan woman living in Musanze district in the north of Rwanda. Living in poor conditions, she couldn’t even afford her own food and clothes. Getting a small loan from a formal financial institution for better livelihoods wasn’t easy, because loan conditions are a barrier for the poor. more
After learning how to install, maintain and repair solar energy equipment, a group of Honduran women returned to their communities to provide energy to their districts. In exchange for their services, the female engineers received a monthly salary from the city’s solar energy committee. more
In the Gonchi district of Tajikistan, Sharipova Nasiba has become her family’s main breadwinner. After Nasiba’s husband became too ill to work, the mother of two joined a women’s self-help group to begin a small business growing crops in a greenhouse. more
Kamla and Seravina are part of a group of women market vendors in the small rural town of Rakiraki in Fiji who are now doing business differently. more
Shaimaa Abdo El Naggar, 30, lives in Qena, one of Upper Egypt’s poorest governorates, known for its low income, poor infrastructure and lack of social services. more
Linet Claros Yevara, a resident of Mizque, a municipality in Bolivia with an 85 percent rate of extreme poverty rate, has seen her situation improve a lot lately. more
Norah Baziweli, a resident of Mtandire, an informal settlement in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, had a tough routine taking care of her family and earning more
Social Inclusion of Women:
UNDP in Argentina
UNDP Argentina is working actively on gender equality
through policies that have an impact on the organization and its cooperation programme, reaching out to stakeholders that design and implement several of the country’s public policies.