Beijing+25: How Libraries Help Deliver on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

2020 marks 25 yearsLibraries Delivering Gender Equality since UN member states and the international society committed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - an ambitious roadmap towards gender equality. As part of the 25-year review, participating states have submitted national reports detailing the actions they have taken to implement the Declaration and Platform. Comparing how these reports include and reference libraries is a unique opportunity to get an overview of how libraries around the world contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

To see how libraries around the world take on such tasks in practice, we have prepared a short study comparing the national reports submitted for the Beijing+25 review. We are delighted to share a draft version of this study to encourage a conversation around the roles libraries play in delivering on gender equality.

The draft study discusses:

  • How different national reports on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action account for libraries and library services;
  • What the key areas of library involvement and interventions to support gender equality are;
  • What roles different libraries choose to take on in women empowerment projects.

The study also includes a draft version of a Library Engagement in Women’s Empowerment checklist – a tool to help libraries make an initial assessment of how their country’s approach to implementing the Platform engages libraries. We would naturally welcome any inputs or views on this draft based on the experiences of libraries in your country.

Download the draft: [English - PDF]

Reports, FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Women’s issues

Last update: 9 March 2021