The Generation Equality Forum which will start tomorrow the 30th of June, in Paris has been organized by the government of France and United Nations Women (UN women). Vice President Dr Philip Mpango will represent President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the forum.
Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, French ambassador to Tanzania Frederic Clavier said the event comes 26 years after the Beijing Platform for Action that failed bridging the gender gap in each and every country across the world.
“This historic forum will be the opportunity to bring a variety of actors around the same table to catalyze a collective action: states, private sector, youth organizations, civil society organizations and feminist movements,” he said.
The envoy said ahead of the forum, young people are mobilizing and making their voices heard, lifting up those who have been silenced, stigmatized and shamed far too long and driving transformative change.
“This new generation is seizing the moment to re-imagine their lives, societies, economies and systems to uphold human rights, achieve gender equality and ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.
Among the key issues to be discussed include, Gender-Based Violence, economic justice and rights bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), feminist action for climate justice, Technology and innovation for Gender Equality Feminist movements and leadership.
For her remarks, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African cooperation Liberata Mulamula said Gender Based Violence (GBV) has been on the rise especially during the corona virus pandemic.
For her part UN women representative to Tanzania Hodan Addou said the forum is part of a campaign to facilitate multi generational partnerships in support of the acceleration of concrete actions towards gender equality.