The Way Forward: Accelerating Progress for Women & Girls
Join a virtual conversation about how to (finally) achieve gender equality
No country has achieved gender equality yet.
How do we overcome persistent inequalities? What is working for women and girls – and could be scaled to accelerate progress?
Join a series of virtual conversations with women’s rights leaders during spring 2021 informed by a groundbreaking report by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and The Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. The report draws on the wisdom and experience of women from every sector, with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at its center, to offer a roadmap for the way forward.
A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted a special virtual commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference in Beijing to reflect on the progress since 1995, the challenges that remain, and promising ways forward to continue advancing women’s rights and gender equality. Watch a recording of Melanne Verveer’s discussion with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright below.
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Topics & Dates
January 28, 10:00 EST – Attitude is Everything: Challenging Gender Stereotypes
February 25, 10:00 EST – Making The Law Work for Women
March 25, 10:00 EST – Nevertheless, She Persisted: Countering Backlash to Women’s Progress
April 22, 9:00 EDT – Where are the Women: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Politics and Peacebuilding
May 20, 9:00 EDT – Harnessing Technology to Advance Gender Equality
What is Beijing+25?
In 1995, tens of thousands of women from 189 countries converged in Beijing, China for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women to insist that “women’s rights are human rights.” The resulting Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action paved the way for advances in education, health care, political representation, legal reform - and efforts to end violence against women. Marking the 25th anniversary, The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and The Rockefeller Foundation, in collaboration with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, issued a report - Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls - reflecting on progress to date and offering a roadmap for the future.
Finishing the unfinished business of the Beijing platform is an urgent strategic imperative that all world leaders, men and women alike, must embrace. Not with tired ideas and incremental steps, but with the boldness, passion, and resources needed to capitalize on the extraordinary events of this hour in ways that will transform our world for the better. Our time is now. We must meet this moment.
– Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
Our report on the way forward for gender equality, Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls, is informed by interviews with two dozen global women leaders.