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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of gender equality issues in achieving development goals. It aims to inform dialogue, learning and the sharing of good practice around areas such as gender mainstreaming, measuring change, legal and policy frameworks on gender and human rights, and successful initiatives from the field.
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. This update features a handful of key resources which chart the slow process of turning the commitments of Beijing into real gains for women's rights and the implications for turning subsequent commitments into action. They show that the gap between the promises of protocols and the realities of women’s lives is still all too apparent, and ask the question where now for gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda?

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Africa CSO Position Statement - Beijing 20
African Women's Development & Communication Network, 2014
190 representatives from Civil Society Organisations from 34 countries in the five regions of Africa and the Diaspora, gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November, 14 -16 2014 for the NGO Forum on the Beijing+20 Review, and buildi...
Turning Promises into Progress: Summary Briefing
Gender and Development Network, 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 fou...
Turning Promises into Progress: gender equality and rights for women and girls - lessons learnt and actions needed
Gender and Development Network, 2015
2015 represents an important moment to reflect on what has been achieved over the last two decades for gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights, and to garner renewed momentum to implement existing commitments. It is ...
Beijing+20: Where Now for Gender Equality?
J. Edwards (ed); A. Cornwall (ed) / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), celebrated by feminist activists as a triumph for women's rights, is 20 years old. The world that it once described has changed profoundly in some respects, and yet in others rem...
Section J: Promote ICT in Women's Rights
Association for Progressive Communications, 2015
The Association for Progressive Communications, Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) has been leading a campaign to reprioritise Section J in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action due to the important role that media and inter...
Promoting successful transitions to employment for Egyptian youth
C. Krafft; R. Assaad / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This Policy Perspective argues that active labor market policies, such as public employment schemes, wage subsidies, job search assistance, and skills training have not been effective in improving the quantity or quality of employment...
Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development
I. Boto (ed); A. Moglan (ed); T. Woldetsadick (ed) / Small Island Economies - CTA Brussels, 2015
Research has found strong reasons to emphasise women’s economic empowerment in developing programs: firstly, economic empowerment is one of the most powerful routes for women to achieve their potential and advance their rights; ...
The quality of death: ranking end-of-life care across the world
S. Murray; D. Line (ed) / The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015
In many parts of the world, hospice and palliative care is either non-existent or in its infancy, with about 5bn people living in countries with insufficient or no access to medications to control severe or moderate pain, according to...
India exclusion report 2013-14
Centre for Equity Studies, 2014
By consolidating and generating knowledge around exclusion, the India Exclusion Report seeks to inform public opinion and debate on these issues, and to influence the political class and policy makers towards more inclusive, just and ...
Gender, enterprise ownership, and labor allocation in MENA: the roles of Islam, oil, and government policies
H.S. Esfahani; R. Bahramitash / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
This paper documents a relatively low share of women among small and medium enterprise (SME) owners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This phenomenon appears to be related to the low female labour force participation (LFP) r...
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