The present publication is the fruit of an online panel debate organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue on 8 March 2021 to commemorate International Women’s Day. The panel, entitled “Pathways To An Equal Future: Women Inspiring Change”, in its presentations by panellists and the ensuing debates, addressed a host of crucial and contemporary issues in relation with this theme, such as gender-based violence, women’s leadership and empowerment, early marriages, gender equality, the role of education, among others. Many of these reflect the underlying essence of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The book includes, besides a summary of the proceedings, the full statements of the panel presentations as well as written contributions, an analytical article which builds upon the lessons learned from the panel. This article provides an overview of the existing international legal and institutional framework for the protection of women’s rights, identifies the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic thereupon, and offers a ten-point road map for the effective promotion of women’s rights.
The Geneva Centre wishes to reiterate its commitment to support attainment of this goal, within the framework of its mission, through continuing efforts in terms of advocacy, dissemination of best practices, training and national capacity building.
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Year of publication: May 2021