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Over the past three days, more than 50,000 people came together virtually for the Generation Equality Forum (GEF). Participants included representatives from governments, the private sector, and philanthropy as well as advocates from women’s rights organizations and movements, youth-led and LGBTQIA+ organizations, and organizations representing the intersectional identities of girls and women. The Forum provided a platform for urgently needed commitments to action for gender equality — these commitments were financial and non-financial, totaling USD 40 billion

Across more than 110 official GEF events, advocates and governments alike issued a clear and resounding call to back words and declarations with action, appropriate funding, transparent implementation plans, and accountability mechanisms.  

The Forum was meant to center civil society, intersectional feminist movements, and young people; however, technological challenges and the limitations of the program agenda meant that civil society’s needs were not centered in the way that feminists expected – or deserved – given the preparation and importance of GEF.  

Though we’ve made great strides over the past 26 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action by 189 countries, throughout the Forum, we saw widespread acknowledgement and agreement that much more work still needs to be done. 

  • Across all sessions, advocates asserted the crucial importance – and power – of intersectional feminism as the pathway to design policies and programs that address the root causes of inequality and the compounding forms of oppression girls and women face. 

  • The Forum also highlighted the disproportionate ways in which COVID-19 is impacting girls and women, both individually and collectively.  

  • We heard that power and accountability mechanisms must shift from traditional actors and into the hands of the people and movements who are the closest to and most affected by inequities, including via direct and flexible resourcing for women’s rights organizations (inclusive of trans- and non-binary-led organizations).  

  • And we saw the power of youth voices asserting their rights in going beyond meaningful engagement and participation to urging co-leadership in shaping the solutions and accountability mechanisms that will impact their lives. 

While we are still digesting this historic week, on behalf of the Women Deliver Team, we wanted to offer six top-line reflections and to share our seven commitments made at GEF, in partnership, totaling USD 4 million

In solidarity, 
Women Deliver 

GEF PARIS: Six Reflections From the Women Deliver Team

Women Deliver and partners are proud to announce seven GEF commitments, an investment of USD 4 million in programming over the next five years to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of all girls and women, in all their intersecting identities. These commitments, made through partnerships with the advocates we work with and for, cover a range of advocacy initiatives across Women Deliver’s programs, including a commitment with the Adolescent Girls Investment Plan (AGIP), CREAOutRight Action InternationalWomen Enabled International, the Government of Canada, the Government of Denmark, and the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a more inclusive Women Deliver Conference, taking place in 2023. 

WD2023: A CO-CREATED AND LED INCLUSIVE, DIVERSE, ACCESSIBLE CONVENING >>
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GEF COMMITMENTS >>

Advancing gender equality requires a unified effort. We celebrate the wide range of multisector partners who share the pursuit of a gender-equal world. It is only in partnership – as a result of the contributions of many – that gender equality will be realized. 

We want to share our deepest appreciation and gratitude to UN Women, the Government of France, the Government of Mexico, and the Youth Task Force for their dedication to the creation of the Generation Equality Forums. We especially want to thank UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for her vision and leadership in making GEF a reality.

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