Canadian Beijing+25 Network
The Canadian Beijing+25 Network is a grassroots network of over 70 feminist and equality-seeking organizations working domestically on women’s rights and gender equality issues in Canada. The organizations within the Network are committed to the monitoring and implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) in Canada.
In the 25 years since the BPfA, civil society organizations have been using this framework to advocate for progress on the rights of women and girls. The Canadian Beijing+25 Network serves as an organizing point where civil society organizations in Canada can come together to work collaboratively around a common vision, engage in the review process and the Gender Equality Forum (GEF) in Mexico and France and determine key priorities for domestic action. The Network facilitates communication and collaboration between members through shared knowledge, resources, and recommendations to create change domestically.
As a part of the 25-year review process, Network members have produced a parallel report called Unfinished Business, which was submitted to UN Women in October 2019. Building on this work, Network members are now organizing and working collaboratively on a number of thematic areas as set out by the UN Women in the form of Action Coalitions. These thematic areas are:
- 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
- Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
Drawing on the knowledge and experience of the members, Working Groups have formed and are working to produce materials setting out the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for each Action Coalition. The materials will include a list of indicators as well as concrete actions or recommendations that will be used to liaise and advocate for domestic implementation with Canadian officials.
Membership to the Canadian Beijing+25 Network and Working Groups is open to any feminist organization in Canada interested in contributing to this work. To find out more and to join the network, please contact Olivia Atsin, Project Coordinator, at email@example.com
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF), is a national non-profit feminist organization dedicated to researching and documenting the economic and social situation of women in Canada, using feminist, intersectional frameworks. CRIAW-ICREF is currently serving as the Secretariat for the Canadian Beijing+25 Network thanks to funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada to support the Network’s work until September 2021.