Posted by: unhcragd | November 19, 2009

Beijing at 15 – Online Discussions on Women and the Economy

Indie Bands with a Misson Flickr

These discussions began yesterday – I just submitted my email for approval to take part.  They run for 4 weeks and are dedicated to a 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the 23rd General Assembly (2000).  It’s hosted by WomenWatch (whose site for some reason is not linking this morning – I’ll revisit)  and moderated by the World Bank.

Click here for information on how to sign up.

This posted by AWID.

WomenWatch is a unique electronic gateway to web-based information on all United Nations entities’ work and the outcomes of the United Nations’ intergovernmental processes for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. These discussions will be a contribution to the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place March 1-12, 2010.

Section F of the Beijing Platform for Action presents 6 strategic objectives for Women and the Economy:

1. Women’s economic rights and independence, including access to employment, appropriate working conditions and control over economic resources.

2. Facilitate women’s equal access to resources, employment, markets and trade.

3. Provide business services, training and access to markets, information and technology, particularly to low-income women.

4. Strengthen women’s economic capacity and commercial networks.

5. Eliminate occupational segregation and all forms of employment discrimination.

6. Promote harmonization of work and family responsibilities for women and men.

Key achievements and challenges were identified in the five and ten-year reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action. Since then, there has been further progress on many areas, but also many of the challenges persist, or have become greater challenges. The current discussion on Women and the Economy provides an opportunity to share views on achievements, gaps and challenges, and to propose future action.

The discussion will run for four weeks and address the following issues:

  • November 18-22: Achievements
  • November 23-29: Gaps and Challenges
  • November 30-December 6: Future Actions
  • December 7-13: Summary of the Discussions.

The online discussion will be moderated by Cecilia Valdivieso (World Bank), and you will need to sign up in order to participate, at the World Bank’sThematic Discussion Page on Women and the Economy


Once you have signed up, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription. After you have confirmed your subscription, you can begin to participate in the discussion by sending an email to:

For further information, please visit the Women and Economy online discussion page

Photo license Creative CommonsIndie Bands Flickr Photostream.



  1. […] in real time, but the concept is interesting.   This week’s focus is Achievement. Click here for our original post and info on how to sign up. Indie Bands with a Misson […]

  2. pls include in mailing list

  3. pls update me on latest

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