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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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.

Global Women Leaders

Michelle Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former United States Secretary of State

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Drew Faust

Former President of Harvard University

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Dalia Grybauskaitė

Former President of Lithuania

Natalia Kanem

Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund

Susana Malcorra

Former Foreign Minister of Argentina

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director of UN Women

Reema Nanavaty

Head of Self-Employed Women’s Association of India

Marta Lucía Ramírez

Vice President of Colombia

Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland

Judith Rodin

Former President of The Rockefeller Foundation

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former President of Liberia

Carolyn Tastad

Group President for North America at Procter & Gamble

Margot Wallström

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Generation Equality Leaders

Shaharzad Akbar

Chairperson for The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

Leila Alikarami

Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate, Iran

Laura Alonso

Former Head of the Argentina Anti-Corruption Office

Ikram Ben Said

Founder of Aswat Nissa, Tunisia

Chouchou Namegabe

Founder and CEO, ANZAFRIKA, The Democratic Republic of Congo

May Sabe Phyu

Kachin Women’s Rights Activist, Myanmar

Trisha Shetty

Founder and CEO of SheSays, India

Virginia Tan

Co-Founder and President of Lean In China