Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum

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Date: 24-26 November 2019
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

The 25-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) will be celebrated in 2020. The anniversary provides a pivotal moment to review state action and compliance in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995).

The Beijing+25 review process begins in 2019 and will culminate in a global review at the 64th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2020. The global review will highlight the achievements and barriers to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). It will also provide an opportunity to look at emerging issues which have served to restrict women’s enjoyment of their rights. The review process has engaged civil society in national review processes and they will also be engaged in both regional and global review processes.

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum will be held on 24-26 November 2019 in Bangkok by the Asia-Pacific Beijing+25 Civil Society Steering Committee with support from the UN.

The objectives for the CSO Forum are:

  • To create a space for celebrating the achievements and concerns about areas where regression has been observed- and on manifestations of women’s oppression, old and new;
  • To facilitate intergenerational dialogue between the feminists who were in Beijing in 1995, holding the line and drafting sections of the platform, and the new generation of feminists taking on the baton for the next phase of our movements;
  • To strengthen the cross-movement solidarity between the diverse constituencies represented, including movements for sexual and reproductive rights, LBTI rights, indigenous rights, migrant and labour rights, sex workers etc., recognising that our struggle is interconnected, and solidarity is our weapon; and
  • To strategize together on what we want to advocate for regionally and globally during the review processes, and then nationally and locally after the commitments made at CSW64 and at the 2020 UN General Assembly.

Our network organisations, led by Tsao Foundation, plan to participate and organise a workshop financial security of older women to share findings and recommendations from the regional research on the same topic.