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Consultation on Beijing declaration on empowerment of women
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - As the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 is going to complete 25 years in 2020, a North East region consultation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform was organised here today by the North East Network (NEN), Civil Society Steering Committee on Beijing and UN Women.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 (Beijing Platform for Action) is the most ambitious roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere. In 2020, it will be 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) set strategic objectives and actions for the achievement of gender equality in 12 critical areas of concern.

The 12 points include poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child.

“Despite the fact that the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 is going to complete 25 years, a lot remains to be done to ensure gender equality and address the concerns of women throughout the world, and the North East is no exception,” said Monisha Behal, CEO, North East Network while delivering the keynote address.

Making a reference to the Article 371 (A) in Nagaland that affects women’s participation in electoral process in the name of customary laws and Article 371 (G) in Mizoram as well as the NRC exercise in Assam, she said that a lot of women’s issues surrounding government policies need to be addressed at the governance level.

“When we say minorities, it is not just the Muslims; rather large segments of people are marginalised. All such issues require greater community engagement to ensure social inclusion,” she mentioned.

Sanya Seth of UN Women, a development professional working on inter-governmental process and peace and security, while speaking on the occasion, said that the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment (UN Women) is leading the Beijing+25 Review with a campaign titled ‘Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights for an Equal Future’ calling governments and other development stakeholders to chart ways to tackle the unfinished work of the BPfA.

“Bringing younger and older generations together as collective changemakers, the review aims to not only celebrate the contribution of women and their advocates to development, but also stresses the urgency to deliver on commitments made and ensure that no one is left behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” she added.

Earlier, NEN chairperson Joshomayee Devi explained the objectives of the Guwahati consultation. The conference saw participants from all the NE states.

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