The Forum focused on strengthening the intersectional discourse and the looking forward feminist agenda. The generation Equality Forum in Mexico started with the «Power» moment of the programme. At the opening plenary global leaders called for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality, so to turn the promise of the Beijing Platform for Action into a lived global reality. Through smart, targeted and financed actions the Forum would deliberately break the old barriers to the realization of the equal rights of half our population. The unfinished human rights struggle of this century would be tackled through bold commitments and investments on the table, and a strong multi-stakeholder movement for gender equality.
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The generation Equality Forum in Mexico started with the «Power» moment of the programme. A plenary session 'Women and Transformative Leadership for Generation Equality' highlighted the importance of women's leadership as one of the key drivers for gender equality and encouraged the acceleration of the implementation of commitments from the Beijing Platform for Action on women in power and decision-making.
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The Thematic Sessions were action-oriented discussions focused on the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action in a structural crisis approach. The sessions aimed to strengthen the women's movement and civil society activism, promote high-level political commitment and action and ensure prominent public awareness and support to the gender equality agenda. Experienced feminist moderators directed the conversations between different stakeholders and the audience to ensure a diversity of views. With an emphasis on the importance of intersectional and intergenerational approach, the thematic sessions generated insightful recommendations to the broader agenda of justice and equality and to strategically accelerate progress.
A plenary session on "Cities and territories at the forefront of inclusive recovery: Taking stock 25 years after Beijing", focused on the critical role that local governments play in ending discrimination and violence and in ensuring inclusive cities for women and girls.
“Generation Equality is about action and accelerating the Beijing Platform for Action, the Sustainable Development Goals and about building back better in a gender-responsive manner so that the pandemic legacy is not a further heavy millstone around women’s and girls’ necks.”
The Action Coalitions sessions were moderated panels of Action Coalitions Leaders who presented an overview of the draft Blueprints, covering the vision statement, actions, implementation tactics, and success measures. Leaders called for bold and transformative commitments to the Blueprints and shared their common ambition. Panellists represented the Action Coalitions in their full diversity and included youth, civil society, private sector, philanthropy, and governments and international organizations.
The feminist conversations comprised: 9 special sessions, 8 feminist conversations including a celebration gathering with the leaders of the Beijing Conference, and 18 healing and resilience sessions. They highlighted the importance of mainstreaming the analysis and actions to accelerate the Beijing implementation from an intersectional, intergenerational and ethnic-racial approach. The elimination of racism, the fulfillment of Indigenous women's individual and collective rights, the need for equitable access to water and other natural resources, the cost of exclusion and lack of economic justice for women and girls with disabilities, and the urgency of expanding the conversations on gender equality beyond the binaries were key highlights of the feminist conversations.