In 1995, 189 countries committed to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a forward looking blueprint for advancing women’s rights and gender equality. On its 25th anniversary, UN Women and the Governments of France and Mexico launched the Generation Equality Forum, a multi-stakeholder and multigenerational campaign and platform to unify all sectors and accelerate bigger and bolder commitments and collective action for gender equality.
Gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and rights are central to a future that delivers for everyone. But achieving gender equality isn’t a women’s issue. It’s a societal issue, and all people have a role to play in achieving it. Governments, civil society, and the private sector must leverage this historic moment to drive meaningful change for gender equality within countries and organizations.
To this end, Focus 2030 and Women Deliver co-led a public opinion survey to harness the power of citizens’ opinions and experiences to inform and influence commitments and actions around the Generation Equality Forum. Public opinion surveys are powerful ways to showcase citizen demand, center the voices of people impacted directly by government decisions, and hold decision-makers accountable.
The survey covers 17 countries from six continents: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, and the United States. These countries cover more than half of the world’s population and are home to half of all girls and women (aged 18 and over).2 This study and its results — which are based on a representative sample of each country’s population3 — is the first of its kind and size on public opinion and experiences relating to gender equality broadly. It is also the first of its kind to capture perceptions related to the six Generation Equality Action Coalitions, which are the thematic working areas at the center of the Generation Equality Forum. The Generation Equality Action Coalition themes are: gender-based violence, economic justice and rights, bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, feminist action for climate justice, technology and innovation for gender equality, and feminist movements and leadership. Furthermore, the study captures public opinion on policy, programmatic, and financial investments that governments, the private sector, and civil society should make to accelerate progress towards gender equality. In addition, the survey collects information on the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how COVID-19 is impeding or advancing gender equality. The study is designed to equip governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, gender equality advocates, and the media with data on public attitudes and perceptions to prioritize action to advance gender equality and inform bigger and bolder commitments at the Generation Equality Forum.
The findings of the survey should be contextualized in the period in which the survey was fielded, July and August 2020, during which the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many health, economic, and social inequalities.
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