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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

Perspectives of Governments on 20 Years of Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

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This publication provides a regional overview of progress made in implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the Asia-Pacific region, from the perspectives of the national governments. More specifically, this report provides a summary of the identified achievements and challenges of ESCAP members and associate members in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment, including in relation to the 12 critical areas of concern of the Platform for Action. This report also outlines the key means of implementation of the Platform for Action, along with the members’ and associate members’ delineated priorities for strengthening implementation and achieving gender equality.

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Introduction

Being universal, the internationally agreed upon inalienable, indivisible and inter-dependent human rights are applicable to all persons “without distinction of any kind”. Yet, with “distinction” persisting between women and men, girls and boys, beyond the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the global community came together at the World Conferences on Women in Mexico City in 1975, in Copenhagen in 1980, in Nairobi in 1985 and in Beijing in 1995 to progress the ability of all persons, regardless of their sex, to fully and freely exercise their fundamental human rights and freedoms.

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