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Turning Promises into Progress: Summary Briefing

Publisher: Gender and Development Network
Publication Date: Jan 2015

This is an important moment for gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights. Alongside the development and implementation of the post - 2015 development framework, 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of the landmark fourth World Conference on Women resulting in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and fifteen years since the ground breaking United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was adopted.

In light of these milestones, the Gender and Development Network (GADN), Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS UK) and the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Network have come together to assess the progress made, and to outline actions needed over the next decades in our full report Turning Promises into Progress. This briefing summarises key findings from the report and makes recommendations for action. In section three we outline the situation in seven issue areas on which we work, and make recommendations specific to those areas. Common across the issue areas is the failure, thus far, of governments and international institutions to address the underlying causes of gender inequality; in section four we outline the areas of action needed to comb at these barriers to progress. Another common theme is the failure by governments to implement political commitments, and in section four we suggest actions needed to garner sufficient political will and resources to turn these promises into progress towards gender equality.

Full report also available.

Adapted from source.