Beijing Platform for Action Country Reports


This database of country reports is useful for countries interested in learning what has been done towards achieving gender equality across various sectors.

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The Beijing Declaration refers to a resolution adopted by the UN at the end of the Fourth World Conference on Womenon 15 September 1995. The resolution adopted to promulgate a set of principles concerning the equality of men and women. The Platform for Action covers 12 critical areas of concern: poverty; education and training; health; violence; armed conflict; economy; power and decision-making; institutional mechanisms; human rights; media; environment; and the girl child. For each critical area ofconcern, strategic objectives are identified, as well as a detailed catalogue of related actions to be taken by Governments and other stakeholders, at national, regional and international level.

Every five years States undertake comprehensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.The reviews should include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement o gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through a gender perspective. The Governments are expected to collaborate with relevant stakeholders at all levels of preparations for the 2020 review to benefit from their experience and expertise.

National reports should cover trends, achievements and remaining gaps and challenges,as well as future plans to accelerate implementation at the national level.

Gender Responsiveness Assessment Scale (GRAS) and the elements of good practice for gender mainstreaming (GM) used

Gender specific through to gender transformative depending on level of completion and detail. From the Western Pacific Region country reports for +25 Beijing are available for the following countries: Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Japan, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu,V anuatu and Viet Nam. Some reports are more detailed than others but potentially with links to relevant examples of gender mainstreaming (GM) action that might help in taking action at a country level. This is particularly in relation to GM on gender-equality linked to key determinants of health such as workforce participation, education and participation inpolitical life for example.




Some reports are mor edetailed than others and not all include a detailed health sector response. Depending on the country context the reports may highlightmore gaps than knowledge, however this can be equally as useful in developing a comprehensive overview.

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Developing an understanding of the context for action on gender and health. Where the reports are detailed they should provide important information about implementation (success and challenges). This can include important examples of action on gender- not necessarily by the health sector but by other sectors–that might be adapted to the health context. For example, action on tackling gender norms and stereotypes in education which may be adapted to health professional training and development.These reports and those on CEDAW should include information about efforts to change prevailing social/gender norms that are (a) harmful to women and or men’s health and or (b) the effective functioning of the health system such as health workforce shortages particularly in countries where prevailing social norms mean that women and men need to see a healthcare provider (nurses and doctors) of the same gender.

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