United Nations

Sep 30

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan’s international trade practice, asked three panelists to share their views on […] Continue reading

Aug 04

Inclusion, Infiltration, and Innovation: The Disabled Women’s Movement 20 years after Beijing and 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act

The UN Conference in Beijing in 1995, called the birthplace of the disabled women’s movement, assembled the first international network of disabled women advocating for disabled women’s rights. Since then the concerns of women with disabilities have been woven into policies, including the Beijing Platform for Action. Yet, the development […] Continue reading

Jul 28

From Aspiration to Transformation: Meaningful Progress in Women, Peace, and Security in the Next 20 Years

Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 to promote women’s participation in peace negotiations and operations, protection of women from sexual and gender-based violence, and prevention of violence against women. These principles have inspired official policies—also called national action plans (NAPs)—in 50 countries and counting. Yet, […] Continue reading

Apr 16

‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’: Where are we 20 years later?

Twenty years ago, Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing brought women’s issues to the global stage. Her underlying message, “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights,” still echoes around the world and evokes a call to action codified in the […] Continue reading

Mar 12

What does meaningful progress look like in addressing gender issues in the environment (and agriculture)?

“Human beings are at the centre of concern for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. Women have an essential role to play in the development of sustainable and ecologically sound consumption and production patterns and approaches to natural resource management.” (United […] Continue reading

Aug 20

Where are the Men?: Millennium Development Goals Twitter Chat Recap

Following the United Nations (UN) Millennium Declaration in 2000 the UN established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to overcome global poverty. August 18 marked the 500 day milestone until the target date to achieve the MDGs. The UN’s social media campaign MDG 500 asked people around the world, how well […] Continue reading