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WHO announced as a Global Leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on ending gender-based violence

Switzerland is the Top 2 regular resource partners in 2019 to UN WOMEN.

In 2018, Switzerland was UN Women’s second-largest contributor of regular resources with USD 16.2 million and the fifth-largest contributor of total resources with USD 18.7 million. Between 2011 and 2018, the Swiss Government has contributed an aggregate amount of USD 150.2 million to UN Women.

Switzerland provides financial support to strengthen the functions of UN Women, enabling its normative engagement with other Member States as well as its UN-system coordination and operational capacity. As a member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), Switzerland has also helped to support innovative and effective equal pay policies and practices around the globe.

In September 2020, the General Assembly is expected to convene a one-day high-level meeting to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary and accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

The Action Coalitions’ leaders were selected by the Generation Equality Forum Core Group, which includes France, Mexico, Civil Society and UN Women.

“2020 is an important year in terms of gender equality and women's rights. It's not enough to have hope, we need decisive actions. We need to change mindsets and backward traditions,” stressed Altynai Omurbekova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, co-chair of the meeting.

“Women`s rights are a development issue. If we don’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, no other Sustainable Development Goal will be achieved by 2030. Change is in our hands,” emphasized Pascale Baeriswyl, State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, co-chair of the meeting.

The Action Coalitions are one of the key outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum that will kick off in Mexico City, Mexico, and culminate in Paris, France, in the first half of 2021.

The Action Coalitions’ leaders will come together in the coming months to co-design concrete, game-changing Blueprints for action to be implemented over the next five years.

Beginning in September 2020, a set of virtual public conversations will mobilize and capture women’s and young people’s voices to inform the Action Coalitions.

The Action Coalition Blueprints will then be refined at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City, during the first part of 2021, and officially launched at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, later in 2021.

Key conclusions of the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting

Participants identified the below key conclusions after two days of intense discussions:

  • Despite legislative advances, implementation of the Conventions across the region, including the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, remains weak, and States are not guaranteeing their due diligence obligations. The emerging challenge of online forms of violence like cyber-stalking, trolling, and the distribution of intimate images continues to require adequate policy responses.

  • Significant efforts were made to support women's inclusion into the workforce but gaps in policies and their effective implementation continue to impede progress. Women continue to experience lower employment rates and lower pay compared to men.

  • Progress in women's political participation across the region remains uneven, and particularly low at the local level.

  • Structural inequalities persist; policy responses need to be equally persistent and far-reaching. Gender equality policies are an investment for a better future.

  • The lack of financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment is one of the greatest barriers to achieving gender equality. In several countries, gender equality machineries remain weak and underfunded.

  • There is a need to adopt comprehensive and equitable policies to prevent gender discrimination and to dismantle barriers to education and lifelong learning. More action is needed to tackle gender stereotypes that perpetuate segregation in both education and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

  • Insufficient gender dis aggregated data collection constitutes a significant barrier to evidence-based policy-making.

  • The need to ensure gender equality that is inclusive of all women was underscored in order to address multiple and intersecting forms of violence and discrimination and to leave no one behind.

  • Changing social norms and unequal expectations remains critical. And for that, men need also to be involved.

  • Environmental protection and climate change constitute the areas with the least advances across the region. Only a few countries within the EU have begun to adopt meaningful laws and policies in these fields and mainstreaming a gender perspective into these fields has yet to occur.

--------UN Women and WHO team

  • Sources : UN WOMEN

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