20th year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Central Asia
The Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. Imagining a world where every woman and girl can exercise her freedoms and choices, and realize her rights to live free from violence, go to school, participate in decisions and earn equal pay for equal work, the Platform for Action made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern.
In 2015, the UN Commission on the Status of Women will carry out a review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform and the outcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly (2000). To prepare for this, all States will undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of progress made and challenges encountered in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly, as called for by UN Economic and Social Council resolution E/RES/2013/18.
Twenty years after the Beijing Platform for Action, Central Asian governments, multilateral and donor institutions and civil society organizations remain committed to advancing and empowering women. Central Asia countries have taken many positive steps to address the 12 critical areas of concern in the BPfA. The proceedings share examples of progress from each country, lay out the common challenges that remain to achieving gender equality and present new patterns of discrimination that are emerging.