Women’s rights organisations have been central to progress on women’s rights and gender equality since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA). Drawing on interviews carried out in January 2015 with twelve of Womankind Worldwide’s partner organisations, the myriad ways in which women’s movement actors draw strategically on the BPfA as appropriate to their context are explored, along with universally-shared challenges in implementation.
Since 1995 further international frameworks making provisions on women’s rights and gender equality have been adopted, including the Millennium Development Goals and United Nations Security Resolution 1325. The geo-political context and international development landscape have also shifted significantly. Yet, women’s rights organisations consistently hold up the Beijing commitments as the global benchmark of women’s rights and gender equality. Therefore, a widespread reassertion of the BPfA is crucial in 2015, to re-establish a progressive and transformative women’s rights agenda in the years ahead.