JERA International coordinated the Australian Civil Society 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action. Information was gathered from civil society groups and individuals throughout July through until September, 2014. The review of the BPFA takes place each 5 years and this year at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of the Women we celebrated the 4th complete review of the BPFA and the 20th year of the existence of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
In Australia women’s groups and civil society have been very active in both the development of the BPFA and all of the 5 yearly reviews. For each of the 5 year reviews (B+5 in 2000; B+10 in 2005 and B+15 in 2010) Australian women have participated in local discussions to feed into the Australian Civil Society review. Why should Australian women be involved in the Beijing +20 review?
The Australian NGO Review has:
1. Informed the Australian Government of the priorities for Australian Women for the next 3 – 5 years
2. Measured the Australian Government’s implementation of the BPFA since the last review 5 years ago
3. Been shared with Australian Civil Society to help inform advocacy and positions
4. Been shared with regional NGO Civil Society groups to inform on the regional position of civil society at the High Level Government Forum in ESCAP in November, 2014
5. Been sent to UN Women in New York so they can use this in their development of a gender position for the Post 2015 Development Agenda
6. Been used to measure future commitments of the Australian Government.
Click here to download the Beijing+20 Review Fact Sheet
Click here to read the Executive Summary of the
Click here to read the Full Report
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