Published On: Thu, Nov 13th, 2014

Progress on gender issues to be reviewed at Chile meeting

ECLACDELEGATES from the Caribbean region will convene in Santiago, Chile this weekend (14-15 November) for a special meeting to discuss women’s empowerment and gender equality.

The technical meeting will review implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), which was adopted 20 years ago at the First World Conference on Women.

The BPfA promotes the advancement of women's rights, and serves as the global policy framework for gender equality and the empowerment of women. It provides the vision of a world where each woman and girl can exercise her freedoms and choices, and realize all her rights, including the right to live a life free from violence, to go to school, to participate in decisions and to earn equal pay for equal work.

The ‘Caribbean Technical Meeting on the Beijing +20 Review and Appraisal of the BPfA’ is being organised by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean, in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The event – which will bring together directors/heads of national women’s gender bureaux, government partners, civil society and other UN agencies – will serve as a forum to review and evaluate progress in the implementation of the BPfA,  and to propose recommendations for the advancement of women’s welfare, in accordance with the commitments made in Beijing and with those currently being considered within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

Discussion at the meeting will be based on the ‘Caribbean Synthesis Review and Appraisal Report on the Implementation of the BPfA’. The Report provides a comprehensive account of progress achieved in the 20 years since the adoption of the BPfA, continuing challenges faced and priorities for future action. The regional review incorporates submissions of national reports from Caribbean countries.

The Santiago meeting is also expected to provide an opportunity for delegates to ensure that women, gender equality and development concerns have a central place in the wider post-2015 development agenda.

The meeting will finalize a joint statement to strengthen both national and subregional action in the Caribbean, and will also prepare the Caribbean representatives for their participation in the special session of the ECLAC Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will also convene in Santiago during November 17-19 2014, when the interests of women in the entire region will be considered.

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