Covid-19 has sparked a rise in gender-based violence, and threats to girls’ education and empowerment. It risks undermining gains and progress in meeting the gender equality commitments of Beijing+25. Investing in the protection of adolescent girls will bring individual and societal benefits—for girls today, the adults they become, and the next generation of children.
The Adolescent Girls Investment Plan (AGIP), in collaboration with CSOs, grassroots networks and girl- and youth-led organisations, has been actively engaged in Generation Equality which aims to realise women’s rights for an equal future.
To ensure the meaningful participation of adolescent girls in this global movement, there is a need for an independent and robust accountability mechanism that puts girls at the centre. This is a challenge that adolescent girls themselves have identified, alongside a lack of formal spaces to engage.
Against the backdrop of the High-level Meeting on the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, AGIP along with FEMNET, ARROW, Care International, Breakthrough and ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality as well as the Governments of Kenya, Ireland, Mexico, France, Canada and the United Kingdom with the Beijing + 25 Youth Taskforce invite you to join in a discussion to raise the girls’ rights agenda, and to explore Generation Equality’s accountability structure and propose concrete guiding principles.
In a girl-centred virtual event, girl advocates will present their demands and vision, and Action Coalition leaders will share practical steps to ensure girls are meaningfully engaged in decision-making processes. Don’t miss this opportunity to build commitment and momentum to work together with adolescent girls to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.
The virtual event will feature girl advocates from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America sharing their priorities on the Action Coalitions (AC) and Generation Equality, and posing questions to AC leaders. It will be opened and moderated by Ms Shantel Marekera, a member of the Beijing +25 Youth Taskforce.
Government Action Coalition Leaders
- Margaret Kobia, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender of the Republic of Kenya (Kenya)
- Nadine Gasman, President of the National Women’s Institute (INMujeres) (Mexico)
- Delphine O, Ambassador and Secretary-General of the Generation Equality Forum 2020 (France)
- Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN (Ireland)
- The Honorable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, Canada (Canada)
CSO Action Coalition Leaders
- Mwanahamisi Singano, Program Manager, FEMNET
- TBC, Care International
- Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough
- Sivananthi Thanenthiran, CEO, ARROW
- Anthony Keedi, Senior Techical Advisor, ABAAD Resource Centre for Gender Equality
- Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, on behalf of AGIP, CEO, Girls Not Brides
The event will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Arabic.
El evento contará con interpretación simultánea en español, inglés y árabe.
L’événement aura une interprétation simultanée en espagnol, anglais et arabe.
ستكون هناك ترجمة فورية باللغات الإسبانية والإنجليزية والعربية.