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UN Women: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the SIDS: Looking beyond Beijing+20 and the post-2015 development agenda - Side event for SIDS
2 Sep 2014 -  Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. Twenty years later, in 2015, a review and commemoration of the BPfA will take place. In the run-up to 2015, UN Women will engage in a series of global thematic events, in partnership with Member States, the UN System, civil society organizations and private sector.

The 12 critical areas identified in the BPfA are all related to sustainable development. Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to progress in this area, yet women and girls, including in SIDS, continue to be discriminated against and face barriers which limit their full and equal participation and contribution to the sustainable development.

A commitment to durable partnerships to advance the rights of women and girls and their empowerment in the SIDS is a lasting contribution to the implementation of the BPfA beyond 2015.