Trafficking and The Girl Child

As part of Soroptimist International’s (SI’s) series of blogs discussing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), SI United Nations (UN) Representative, Jacqueline Shapiro, examines the topic of the girl child, recalling the work by activists to insure the girl child was included in the BPfA, and that ensuring

Women & the Economy

By Assistant Director Advocacy, Ulla Madsen Taken as a starting point in the “Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action” (1995), “women and economy” was highlighted as one of the 12 critical areas. The 189 governments that signed the document, committed themselves to undertaking concrete action to address specific objectives towards enhancing

Beijing+25: Women and the Environment

As the first in our series of blogs relating to the twelve critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action, Janet Hall Schempf, Environmental Impact Analyst, Habitat Biologist, and SIA Member, examines the impact of environmental changes on progress towards gender equality in today's world. Janet Hall

Rural Women Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change

SI UN Representative, Kristin Reynisdottir, and SI Advocacy Coordinator, Hannah Agius, report from the ‘Rural Women Entrepreneurs as Agents of Change’ side event held on 30 October at the Beijing +25 Regional Meeting in Geneva. “Rural women entrepreneurship schemes help to harness women’s potential, increase women’s income, and improve the

Beijing Platform for Action 25 years on

A blog by Pat Black "It’s never too early to start planning and special anniversaries don’t come around too often. 2020 will see a number of UN related anniversaries coinciding – the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of UN Women, 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action Declaration and


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