UN Women Asia-Pacific relaunches blog to empower youth voices for gender equality in commemoration of the Beijing Declaration's 30th anniversary


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Ahead of the upcoming commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific announced the relaunch of its Youth Blog, providing a platform for young voices to advocate for gender equality and women's rights across the region.

Adopted in 1995 by 189 governments, the Beijing Declaration committed to taking strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas of concern: Poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child.

The Beijing+30 Asia-Pacific Youth Blog, hosted on the UN Women Asia-Pacific website, invites submissions from individuals aged 14 to 30 from all countries in the region. This initiative aims to empower the youth to express their ideas, concerns, and expectations related to gender equality, aligning with the core principles of the Beijing Declaration.

Young advocates interested in contributing to the Beijing+30 Asia-Pacific Youth Blog are encouraged to review the submission guidelines and send their entries to comms@unwomen.org. The blogs will be disseminated through UN Women’s social media channels.

As part of the global efforts to review and assess progress on gender equality, the sixty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will convene at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 10 to 21, 2025. The focus will be on evaluating the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Furthermore, the year 2025 marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, and a decade since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. These milestones underscore the ongoing commitment to advancing gender equality and empowering women on a global scale.