Generation Equality 2021

In 2019, the UN Women announced the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality, and to celebrate the power of women’s rights activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. The event is co-chaired by Mexico and France.

The GEF was to be held in Mexico and Paris in 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. It finally commenced in Mexico in March 2021 and will conclude in Paris in July. The GEF aims to finish with concrete intergenerational and multi-stakeholder partnerships and accountability for scaled-up, urgent action on the critical issues to achieve gender equality by 2030.

In the lead up to the GEF in Paris, the Working Group on Girls organised a Letter Writing workshop for girls to create an open letter to decision makers asking for the inclusion of girls in the GEF process over the next five years. It is important that the voices and insights of girls around the world are heard and included in the process to accelerate gender equality over the next five years!

Four of our Girl Advocates who facilitated the Global Conversation Circles during the CSW65, Anushka Lamichhane, Mahi Tripathi, Prateeksha Shukla and Riya Bhargava, participated in the letter writing workshop organised by Working Group on Girls. Together with some IBVM/CJ Sisters and our intern, Charlotte Jones, they attended the GEF in Paris.

Watch our young people from South Asia speak about the Action Coalition Themes and how we can achieve gender equity by 2030. Click on “Mary Ward Young Women on Generation Equality

Read the Girls Open Letter in English, Spanish and French. Attached to the letter sent to the global leaders is the Conversation Circle Final Report in English, Spanish and French.

We encourage you, especially our Mary Ward students and youth to join us in advocating for a more equal world for all generations. Countries, UN agencies, private and civil organisations have committed to working together for the next five years to achieve gender equality for all. Together with Working Group on Girls, we have prepared a Generation Equality Advocacy Toolkit in English, Spanish and French.