Action for Gender Equality in the MENA region

Top Quote Global Thinkers Forum with support from UN Women is convening a dialogue with policy makers and civil society actors from MENA region to discuss priorities for implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 25, 2014 - London - Global Thinkers Forum announces Roundtable: "Gender equality priorities and accelerating the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the MENA region".

    The international organization Global Thinkers Forum is delighted to announce an event dedicated to women' rights in the MENA region that will take place in London on October 16, 2014 at 18:30. The event will receive support from UN Women.

    2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) for gender equality by all the member states of the United Nations. The BPFA remains, 20 years later, the most comprehensive roadmap for achieving gender equality and women's rights and its normative force has been repeatedly reaffirmed by governments over the years. Notwithstanding its resonance across the world as the blue print to achieve gender equality, the implementation of the BPFA has been slow and unsteady and no country in the world can claim to have achieved gender equality to date.

    This is particularly true of the Middle East and North African (MENA) region where in spite of strong citizen action and women's organizing movements, the achievement of gender equality and women's rights for the majority of the women of the region remains distant.

    With a view to focussing attention on a Call To Action for governments in the region, the Global Thinkers Forum is convening a dialogue with policy makers and civil society actors from the MENA region to discuss priorities for implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the MENA region.

    Panellists are:
    Merwat Tallawy, career diplomat and first woman Ambassador from the diplomatic corps in Egypt; Asma Khader, lawyer and human rights activist, is President of Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) and Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women; Ms. Souad. Talsi MBE Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Project Ltd and Mrs. Reem N. Bsaiso, CEO & Founder Global-Tech Jordan.

    The event is supported by UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. (insert website link to UN Women here and link to B+20 pages:,

    GTF CEO & Founder, Elizabeth Filippouli, states: "This is a very important event as it is part if the GTF 'Roundtable Dialogue Series' program in order to promote conversation and change with regards to women's rights worldwide. With this program GTF supports in action the implementation of the Beijing agenda and aims to engage and mobilize more actors for accelerated and effective implementation to achieve gender equality and realize women's rights. We are most delighted to have the support of UN Women'.

    Minister Mervat Tellawy says: 'During the Arab spring, and in Egypt during the last three years, the women have suffered greatly from the false interpretation of conservative religious thinkers. The ongoing and recent astounding participation of women in the Arab spring countries has demonstrated their resolve, determination and their compelling drive to bring about change in the Arab world, a change based on human dignity, social justice and freedom.'

    The event will be structured like a moderated conversation among the panellists and will also include audience engagement and participation. Lopa Banerjee, Chief, Civil Society Section, UN Women, will moderate the conversation (tbc).

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