Beijing +20 is the process to assess the implementation by governments and other stakeholders of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. These Beijing outcome document provides the most comprehensive global policy framework for the achievement of gender equality, development and peace. The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main body that monitors, reviews and evaluates the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and through its annual session in March and its five-year comprehensive review processes. 
DAWN through the years has been actively engaged in the CSW and Beijing review processes and providing the southern feminist perspectives into this important forum.
30 Nov 2014

In a letter submitted to the UN Secretary General, RightingFinance addressed a number of requests in regards to financing aspects of the upcoming Synthesis Report that the Secretary General’s office is preparing as input for the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit.

28 Nov 2014

The aftermath of the terrible deaths of women who underwent sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh has been full of stories about what actually happened. Spurious drugs and an overenthusiastic doctor who cut corners on ensuring quality vie for immediate blame. Beyond these, many have spoken about pervasive biases of gender and caste that wreak havoc on the lives of poor women, and also of family planning policies and programmes that appear to have gone back to the bad old days of the Emergency. Each of these explanations has more than a grain of truth. - See more at:

27 Nov 2014

Statement prepared by a group of participants of the Financial Transparency Coalition and Latindadd Conference “Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing
Development with Transparency” Lima, 14 – 15 October 2014.

Why tackle the links between illicit capital flows, tax policies and gender justice?
The loss of tax revenues due to international tax evasion and avoidance significantly reduce the funds available to finance policies aimed at fulfilling the human rights of
women and girls and gender justice. Due to the structural nature of gender inequality and its intersection with other categories such as age, race-ethnicity, sexual orientation and income, women in most of societies continue to be overrepresented in the lowest quintiles of the income distribution, continue to be the most responsible for unpaid and care work, continue to be concentrated in the most precarious and poorly paid jobs, are still a minority in the spaces of representation and leadership in political, labor or territories, still face gender-based violence, human trafficking, and continue to have their sexual and reproductive rights and autonomy limited.

23 Nov 2014

Bangladesh must have a ‘strong’ public health system to adopt the idea of universal health coverage (UHC) to protect people from slipping into poverty, Prof Gita Sen has said. “It does not mean that there will be no private system. Both should be there,” she told on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific meeting on gender equality in Bangkok

18 Nov 2014

Nicole Bidegain Ponte, a member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) participated at the first meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, which took place from 12 to 14 November at the ECLAC headquarters in Santiago de Chile.

16 Nov 2014

We live in a world of profound inequalities and unbalanced power relations, where rigid norms and values about how people should behave fuel and exacerbate injustices. We have to change that. This is why more than 1200 activists/professionals coming from 94 countries and with a broad variety of organisational backgrounds, convened the second MenEngage Global Symposium in New Delhi, India, from November 10-13, 2014.

15 Nov 2014

Nicole Bidegain Ponte, integrante del Comité Ejecutivo de Mujeres por un Desarrollo Alternativo para una Nueva Era (DAWN por sus siglas en inglés) está participando en la primera reunión de la Mesa Directiva de la Conferencia Regional sobre Población y Desarrollo de América Latina y el Caribe, que se desarrolla desde el 12 hasta el 14 de noviembre en la sede de la CEPAL, en Santiago de Chile.

15 Nov 2014

It is my great pleasure to take part in this Forum and to be with all of you who travelled from different parts of the Asia Pacific region. Thanks to the hard work of the steering committee members and the co-secretariat in the past two months, we finally get to see the faces behind the names and the hundreds of emails we exchanged to have 480 of us here today.

14 Nov 2014

On November 14, 2014, over 400 feminist women activists working on women's rights will meet in Bangkok at the Asia-Pacific CSO Forum on Beijing+20 (APCSOB20) to discuss what their governments have done to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Activists from across the region will note if the reported progress by States has been sufficient and what States should be doing to tackle the challenges that remain on the 12 critical areas of concern identified twenty years ago in the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).

05 Nov 2014

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) launched its new book on 31 October 2014, entitled “The Remaking of Social Contracts: Feminists in a Fierce New World”. The book, published by ZED Books London is a result of a long process of debate and reflection by DAWN members, partners and allies in various civil society organisations and social movements. It follows from previous groundbreaking books published by DAWN in the past, beginning with Development, Crises and Alternative Visions:Third World Women’s Perspectives (Sen and Grown,1987).


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