The Generation Equality Forum took place in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021 in a hybrid format:

  • An opening ceremony received by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron took place at the Carrousel du Louvre on 30 June afternoon, bringing together around 250 Heads of State and Government, activists, leaders of international organizations, philanthropic foundations and private sector. It was watched by nearly 135,000 people on the social networks of the UN, the Elysée and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

 

  • A digital platform hosted one hundred events over three days and gave the floor to nearly 650 speakers. More than 50,000 people registered. The program included events highlighting the commitments of all actors in favor of gender equality, including young feminists, as well as innovative initiatives, including in response to the Covid-19 crisis, on a global or regional scale.

 

The Forum launched a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality, driven by six Action Coalitions, and launched a Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action, with the aim to accelerate gender equality in the next five years and to face the growing risks to women’s rights caused by Covid-19.

 

The $40 Billion of investments confirmed at the Forum’s close represent a major step-change in resourcing for women’s and girls’ rights. Governments and public sector institutions had committed to $21 Billion in gender equality investments, the private sector $13 Billion, and Philanthropy $4.5 Billion. UN entities and international or regional organizations committed an aggregate of $1.3 Billion.

 

Nearly one hundred commitment makers have been registered, including 440 civil society organizations and 94 youth-led organizations. Governments announced the implementations of major policy reforms and programs to advance gender equality. New coordination mechanisms to advance key issues for gender equality were also announced..

 

In addition to its role of co-president of the Forum, France made a series of international commitments to guarantee women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, ensure girls' education, defend women human rights defenders and launched some initiatives on sport, culture, work and health.