All the states of the world have been invited, but on the condition that they genuinely commit to advancing gender equality, according to Delphine O, secretary general of the Forum.
“Each state, institution or company will have to make a very concrete announcement, whether political, legislative or financial. We have worked upstream so that these announcements are new and substantial,” explained the former French MP.
“The time has come to make solid and lasting commitments to make our societies fully egalitarian”, underlined Minister Delegate in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Élisabeth Moreno.
The forum will be launched by President Emmanuel Macron during an opening ceremony at the Élysée Palace, in the presence of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
The event should have initially taken place in 2020 for the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action for Girls and Women adopted in 1995, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Two regressive tendencies justify the raison d’être of this forum”, explained Mrs. O. On the one hand, the rise in power of “conservative and retrograde states, openly opposed to the rights of women, including at the gates of the ‘Europe’, and on the other hand the consequences of the health crisis, which has affected women in a ‘disproportionate’ way.
A “global acceleration plan” for equality is to be launched at the Forum around six themes: gender-based violence, economic equality, the right to dispose of one’s body, feminist action for justice climate, technologies and innovations in the service of equality, and feminist movements and leaderships.
Each theme will be addressed by “action coalitions” bringing together States, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to develop a roadmap and ensure its implementation over the next five years.