Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action +25

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action or BPfA is a landmark document for advancing the rights of women and gender equality worldwide agreed during the 4th World Conference on women in 1995. The international community came to a consensus and agreed to a comprehensive blueprint of commitments supporting the full development of women and their equality with men in 12 areas of concern. The BPfA affirmed the principles that would govern future actions and strategies for women, and firmly set in place an agenda for empowering women by integrating their concerns in national plans and policies. Governments and the UN agreed to promote gender mainstreaming as a strategy to ensure that a gender perspective is reflected in all policies and programs at the national, regional and international levels.

For the Philippines, the Beijing Conference broadened the discussions on women’s rights to include violence against women, women’s leadership and political participation and economic concerns. It connected what were previously regarded as women’s issues with other pressing concerns on the environment, human rights, population, and armed conflict. The country also adopted gender mainstreaming as the strategy to advance women’s rights in the country.

The country submitted its Philippine Progress Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and the Outcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly (2000) or BPfA+20 in 2015. It provided an overview of the major achievements and challenges since the passage of the BPfA in 1995; updates on the 12 BPfA areas of concern covering the period 2009-2013; as well as the emerging issues to inform the future process of selecting the post-2015 development agenda and successors to the Millennium Development Goals.

This year, the State is set to submit the BPfA+25 Progress Report which shall include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the agreements enshrined in the BPfA. It shall also highlight major achievements on gender equality and empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through a gender perspective. The Report is due on May 01, 2019, and will be launched officially in August, 2019 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Magna Carta of Women.

To be led by the Philippine Commission on Women, the State must once again go through a participatory process in the development of the BPfA+25 Progress Report. A National Steering Committee shall be created, to be chaired by the PCW, as well as technical working groups composed of government agencies and non-government organizations, if deemed necessary. Meetings, consultations and other related events/activities shall also be convened/held to facilitate the drafting and submission of the BPFA+20 Progress Report, ideally in accordance with the Guidance Notes produced by the UN Women.

 

Calendar of Activities

Activities

Schedule

Kick off Activity and Formation of Technical Working Group for the BPfA+25 Progress Report

January 30, 2019

Sub-national workshops for the validation and inputs from various stakeholders

March 2019

  • Visayas
  • March 19-20, 2019
  • Mindanao
  • March 21-22, 2019
  • Luzon
  • March 25-26, 2019

National Validation

March 28-29, 2019

Submission of the Philippine Progress report to the UN Women and UN Regional Commission

May 1, 2019

Launching of the BPFA +25 Philippine Progress Report

August 2019

National communication campaigns

May – Oct  2019

 

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