Beijing Platform for Action
Beijing Platform for Action is an action plan to achieve the UN goals of gender equality, development and peace. It was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women’s Rights by representatives from 189 countries. The conference was held in Beijing on September 4th-15th 1995.
The action plan consists of six chapters and distinguish twelve “critical areas”. It defines long term goals and measures which governments, the international community, NGO’s and the private sector shall undertake in order to improve women’s conditions.
The Beijing Platform for Action reasserts the governments’ commitments to eliminate all kinds of discrimination against women and remove all obstacles for achieving gender equality. In addition, the governments recognize the need to mainstream gender equality in all of their actions and programs, so that the diffenrent conditions and roles of women and men are taken into account.
The action plan aims at promoting and protecting all women’s full enjoyment of human rights and basic freedoms throughout life on the same conditions as men. It also points out the principle of women’s and men’s equal responsibility and right to decision-making at home, at work and in national as well as international contexts.
Every five years, each government have to submit a report on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in their country, stating how they have worked to fulfill their commitments. The Swedish Women’s Lobby and our member organizations produces shadow reports to the Swedish government’s official report. Our latest report was carried out in 2010 and can be found below.
On June 12-15th 2014, the Swedish Women’s Lobby among 200 other women’s organisations in the Nordic countries organised the conference Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 – New Action on Women’s Rights. The conference was part of the Beijing+20 process. The aim of Nordiskt Forum was to develop new strategies and to put forward new demands to the Nordic governments in order to remind them of their commitment to fully protect and promote women’s rights. For the Swedish Women’s Lobby and our Nordic co-organizers, it is important to ensure that the discussions, problem definitions, issues, reality descriptions and recommendations from Nordiskt Forum in Malmö are present in the official process.