The Generation Equality Forum
This week is marked by the first part of the Generation Equality Forum, which takes place between 29 and 31 March 2021 in Ciudad de México. The second part will be held in Paris towards the end of June under the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron. The event is set up as an initiative to promote gender equality and women’s rights based on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in 1995. Mainly organised by UN Women, Mexico and France in cooperation with civil society, the Forum aims to strengthen and encourage countries to commit to concrete action to achieve genuine gender equality by 2030.
The Slovenian delegation at the Forum was led by State Secretary Stanislav Raščan, who made a national declaration on the first day at the round table entitled The Economy. The crisis of economic and global development models and their impact on women and girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. State Secretary Raščan focused on the current national measures related to the economic empowerment of women based on the advanced national legislation that helps create conditions for equality between women and men, promote respect for human rights, and sanction gender inequality. The State Secretary drew particular attention to the measures adopted by the Slovenian Government to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic on the economy and the economic situation of women. He concluded by mentioning numerous projects Slovenia has put into practice to eliminate gender inequality, focusing on the recent study looking at equal opportunities in the Slovenian diplomatic sector.
The Forum calls for intensified action to promote gender equality and renew commitments to the Beijing Declaration. In addition, State Secretary Raščan will address the negative impact of COVID-19 on women, the mainstreaming of gender equality, and female participation in the post-pandemic reconstruction process.
The first part of the Forum, which takes place in Ciudad de México, has produced plans to establish six action coalitions as well as a Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action. By joining the Economic Justice and Rights Action Coalition and participating in the event, Slovenia reaffirms its commitment to the policy towards achieving gender equality and protecting human rights.