European Union External Action

Women and Poverty Eradication: the Promise of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

09/03/2021 - 23:18

19 March 2021 - CSW65 Side Event on Women and Poverty Eradication

‘Women and Poverty’ was identified as the first area of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) in 1995. The strategic objectives in this area are based on the premise that women and girls continue to be more severely affected by poverty due to persisting structural and cultural causes putting them at a disadvantage. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated these challenges. According to an analysis commissioned by UN Women and UNDP, by 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day including 47 million pushed into poverty.


The BPfA calls for action to develop policies and programmes addressing the gender dimension of poverty. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further recognised that the goal to end poverty in all its forms will not be achieved unless all women and girls are lifted out of poverty and able to exercise equal rights and opportunities.


The side event, co-hosted by China and the European Union, will assess progress and challenges in addressing the feminisation of poverty. The discussion will draw lessons learnt from experiences and best practices and will identify areas of further work to build back better, recover greener and deliver our common objectives by 2030.



  • What are the best practices of policies effective both in reducing poverty and realising gender equality?
  • How can the promotion of human rights contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls?
  • How to ensure a gender-responsive recovery that addresses the feminisation of poverty?

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Tentative Program


Introductory remarks

Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, Acting Director, Strategic Planning, Resources and Effectiveness Division, UN Women (moderator)



Opening keynote speeches


H.E. Mr. Zhang Jun, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of China


H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation


H.E. Ms. Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women



Panel discussion


   Moderated by Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors


Ms. Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director General for International Partnerships, European Commission (TBC)


Ms. Caren Grown, Global Director for Gender, World Bank


Ms. Manuela Tomei, Director of Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, International Labor Organization


Ms. Xie Caizhen, Vice President, Serve for China (TBC)


Ms. Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO, Women’s World Bank (TBC)



Interactive session with panelists



Wrap-up by the moderator




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