History of the Forum

The Generation Equality Forum is part of a series of World Conferences on Women organized by the United Nations since 1975. The Fourth Conference, which took place in Beijing in 1995, was a historical turning point for gender equality at the international level. 


In 1946, the United Nations Economic and Social Council established the Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the first UN World Conference for Women was held in Mexico City in 1975, the start of a series of five-year meetings to review progress and make new commitments.

In 1995, the Fourth Conference in Beijing was an exceptional turning point: bringing together 189 States and 30,000 activists from all over the world, it resulted in the adoption by consensus of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, which today constitute the most ambitious body of international advocacy for gender equality.

In October 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 which resulted in the launch of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. The Agenda advocates for the need to address the specific needs of women in conflict situations, to protect them and enable their participation in conflict resolution processes to bring about lasting peace.

In 2021, although significant progress has been made, there is still much to be done. The Covid-19 crisis has disproportionately affected women. They are on the frontline of the pandemic while conservative forces attempt to undermine the rights acquired after decades of progress.

It is in this context that France and Mexico, under the aegis of UN Women and in partnership with civil society, organized in 2021 the Generation Equality Forum, which was kicked off in Mexico City from 29 to 31 March 2021 and culminated in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021. It had been twenty-six years since the international community met to advance gender equality and build the Generation Equality!

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