Beijing +25

In 2020, the global community will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. It also marks five years of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims as one of its Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Ireland's comprehensive national review under Beijing+25

Ireland is called upon to undertake a comprehensive national-level review, to assess the progress made and challenges encountered in implementing the Platform for Action in the 5 years since 2014, when the previous review was undertaken.

The process is guided by a common “Guidance note for comprehensive national-level reviews”, developed by UN Women and the UN regional commissions. The Beijing+25 review process will contribute to the mid-term review of the National Strategy for Women and Girls, also taking place during 2019.

  • The Department of Justice and Equality is leading work across Government on Ireland's comprehensive national review. All Government Departments and agencies involved in the National Strategy for Women and Girls are contributing to this review.
  • The views of key stakeholders, including the membership of the Strategy Committee advising on the implementation of the National Strategy for Women and Girls, were invited on the most important achievements and challenges since 2014 in progress towards gender equality in Ireland, factors that have enabled progress or contributed to set-backs in this period, and new and emerging priorities for the future.

Calendar

March to May 2019

  • planning of national review.
  • participation by all Government Departments in the preparation of the working draft of the national report.

June 2019

  • consultation with key stakeholders on the most important developments for gender equality since 2014 and emerging priorities for the future.
  • national report finalised and submitted to UNECE and UN Women.

The consultation has now concluded and the national report has been submitted. Links to both reports will be published here shortly.

The Department of Justice and Equality would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Departments, Agencies and the civil society representatives and experts consulted in the preparation of the Report. As the consultation was organised late in the process, it is acknowledged that some invited groups were unable to attend. It is planned to hold a robust public consultation with longer lead time over the coming months as part of a wider mid-term review of progress being made under the current National Strategy for Women and Girls, and to identify emerging gender equality priorities under the Beijing Platform and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

October 2019

  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will undertake a regional review and appraisal. UNECE is to hold its Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting on 29-30 October 2019 in Geneva. For further details please see UNECE.
  • Details of opportunities for civil society engagement in the regional review will be published here as information becomes available.

March 2020

  • National reports will feed into the global synthesis report that UN-Women will submit to the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in March 2020. Further details will be available in due course from UN Women.