Dianova Joins the Generation Equality Movement to Promote Women’s Empowerment

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, the format of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) has been reduced from two weeks to one day and all NGO events have been cancelled

Press Release

New York, March 5h, 2020 – As in previous years, on March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme chosen this year by the United Nations is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s rights for an equal future “, which is part of the overall “Generation Equality” campaign developed by UN Women. The objective of this campaign is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, approved in 1995 in the Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, China, considered to be the most progressive agenda in regards to women’s and girl’s rights and empowerment, all over the world.

The “Generation Equality” campaign aims to inform and mobilize people of all genders, ages, ethnic backgrounds, race, religions and countries to boost everyday actions that promote gender equality. One aim, among other objectives, is the elimination of gender-based violence, the guarantee of economic justice and rights for all people, the right to sexual and reproductive health and autonomy over one’s own body, climate justice, technology and innovation for gender equality, and feminist leadership. While the campaign targets women of all generations are it focuses more particularly on young women and girls.

In keeping with tradition, International Women’s Day was planned to precede the two-week meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. However, following the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General in light of current concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Commission has decided to amend the format of the UN Commission on the Status of Women from two weeks to one day. The Commission will convene on Monday, 9 March, for a procedural meeting that will include the adoption of the draft Political Declaration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and to accelerate its implementation, but there will be no general debate. All side events planned by Member States, the UN system, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations have also been cancelled.

As had been the case in the past, NGOs planned to be present at the CSW64 in a parallel forum organized by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York (NGO CSW/NY) to provide a collective and independent voice in the analysis of progress in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the different countries and to make a series of recommendations. Among the more than 500 events planned, Dianova International had organized a dialogue on “Helping Women Overcome Addiction, Stigma and Violence”. The event would have been dedicated to identifying challenges and proposing actions that should positively impact the health of women with substance use disorders and thus contribute to the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

On behalf of Dianova, and in spite of this setback, we would like to encourage all stakeholders concerned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by addressing the many challenges that still affect women and girls across the world. Our thoughts and our actions must in particular turn to those most disadvantaged among them and on the necessity to implement actions that address their needs. We must continue advocating and promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment!

About Dianova International

Dianova International is a Swiss NGO committed to social progress that supports the development of programmes and projects aimed at improving people’s lives in 19 countries and 4 continents. The organization is also dedicated to defending their rights to health, equality and social integration through interventions in international organizations and forums.


Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) – Registered Civil Society Organization to the Organization of American States (OAS) – Official partner of the UNESCO – Member of Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) – Member of the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF).

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