8 March 2015 - We won't wait another 20 years!

05 March 2015
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action were adopted 20 years ago with high hopes for the future. Unfortunately, today it remains largely unfulfilled.

The Platform for Action imagines a world where each woman and girl can exercise her freedoms and choices, and realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to go to school, to participate in decisions and to earn equal pay for equal work. Unfortunately, today it remains largely unfulfilled.

Public Services International and the international trade union movement therefore demand a bold shift from political leaders; from inaction to targeted investments and labour reforms aimed at building an inclusive labour market that secures women’s equal access to paid and decent work, their representation in decision-making and their ability to access quality public services and quality education.

Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, says: “Gender equality has not been achieved in the last 20 years. We need a political, social and cultural shift and recognize that pro-women and pro-worker policies will make the difference and trade unions have a key role to play in this process. Empowering women indeed empowers societies.” Read the full statement

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