Institutional Mechanism for the Advancement of Women

Beijing+20 - Institutional Mechanism for the Advancement of Women

Opening of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The annual meeting in New York plays an important role regarding the Institutional Mechanism for the Advancement of Women.. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

To preserve and implement the rights of women and girls, the Platform for Action has formulated strategic goals aimed at helping governments to entrench a gender equality perspective in every policy area. The goal is to guarantee women equal access to and full participation in power as well as in decision-making processes. The Platform for Action describes what institutional arrangements are required for a systematic policy of gender equality and thus the nucleus of what has been incorporated into Europe’s policy of gender equality as “gender mainstreaming”.

A study conducted by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) examined the progress made by EU member states in establishing institutional mechanisms such as equal opportunity offices as well as in gender mainstreaming. All in all, progress has been made since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted. In Germany, however, the efforts of the federal government to implement gender mainstreaming and other instruments have long since ground to a halt. As far back as 2009, the UN CEDAW has criticized the cutbacks in coordination structures and urged the government to return to its GeM strategy, because the federal government has ceased to pursue a consistent policy of gender equality, preferring, at times, contradictory or symbolic individual measures instead. Both the political will and the structures required for real implementation are lacking.


From Transition to Transformation - Women, Peace & Security

Afghan Women have had a long journey in terms of their rights and socio-political participation since the Taliban downfall in 2001. As Afghanistan has just entered into a new decade of transformation, the main questions related to women, peace and security remain: What has been built to ensure women’s protection and participation over the last decade? And what strategic approach could consolidate gender equality in the decade to come?

By Abdullah Athayi

Our unique journey to implement UNSCR Resolution 1325 in Israel

Last December, the Israeli Government decided to establish a governmental committee to create a National Action Plan in the spirit  of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution calls on UN member states to protect women from violence, increase the participation of diverse women in decision-making bodies, and for the prevention of armed conflict. This video and the text that follows tells the story of the journey of civil society NGOs to create an Action Plan for Israel.

By Anat Thon-Ashkenazy , Netta Loevy

Beijing + 20 in Morocco: where do we stand?

While legislative and institutional progresses have been made in Morroco, the implementations of Beijing +20 often remain inadequate and below the citizens’ expectations due to a lack of budgetary resources or political willingness.

By Salma Kadiri

Video: Beijing+20 in South Africa

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa office spoke to five leading women’s rights activists on their perceptions of the challenges that women in South Africa face today and whether the Beijing Declaration, and South Africa’s commitment to it, remains relevant to addressing those challenges.

A decade of regional feminist activism

In the early 2000, the Collective for Research and Training on Development – Action, CRTD.A, and its network of feminist allies in the Arab region identified the denial of Arab women’s right to nationality to be a resilient form of state driven discrimination against women. How this reality changed during the last decade and what are the needed actions?  


Women, Revolution, Politics and Power

During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have to fight against their exclusion from the political arena.

By Dalal al-Bizri

Good to Know

  • Progress of the World's Women 2015/2016: detailed report by the UN Women on the economical barriers facing women, and strategies of improving the political participation of women on a global scale. more>>
  • Beijing Platform for Action
    Read the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action here
    An overview the Platform's 12 critical areas of concern by the UN Women. more>>
  • Women in Armed Conflicts: in the context of the CSW 59, the GWI co-hosted an event at concering a pressing issue for the Platform - women in armed conflicts. more>>


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