Social Inclusion of women:
From Beijing to Post-2015
6 - 8 May 2015, Buenos Aires

 Photo: Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures
 

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. 

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