At the kick-off event of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) held in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 29-31, 2021, high-level representatives of the Spanish government emphasized the importance of accelerating progress for gender equality by 2030.
Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, the GEF is a global gathering commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), designed to further advance progress toward gender equality. The Forum will culminate in Paris, France in June 2021 with an ambitious set of concrete commitments from governments, private companies, and civil society organizations around the world.
Spain is strongly involved in this process and is co-leading the GEF Action Coalition for Economic Justice and Rights together with Germany, South Africa, Sweden, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Care International, and other civil society organizations.
As part of Spain's work on this Action Coalition, it will help raise awareness of and elevate solutions for issues including women's unpaid labor (which has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic) and their (relatedly) low levels of participation in the paid labor market.
Carmen Calvo (Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister), Arancha González Laya (Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation), Irene Montero (Minister of Equality), and Ángeles Moreno (Secretary of State for International Cooperation) participated in the event as well.