September 20, 2018

NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) and Oxfam’s Journal, Gender and Development, Will Co-Sponsor a Discussion on “Beijing, 25 Years On: Unfinished and New Business”

Expert Panelists Participating in the September 24 Event Will Discuss the Evolution in the Global Women’s Rights Agenda Since the 1995 Beijing Conference

NEW YORK, September 20, 2018—The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) and Oxfam’s journal, Gender and Development, will co-sponsor a public event, “Beijing, 25 Years On: Unfinished and New Business,” on Monday, September 24.

The event will focus on developments since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. When it was initially proposed, the Platform for Action was widely praised by feminists for the progressive global agreements embedded in its 12 action areas. Due to the tremendous number of socioeconomic and political changes that have occurred over the last quarter of a century, the Platform merits further development and revision. It did not, for instance, consider globalized capitalism or address structural changes in the economic domain that would serve to reduce gender, race, and other inequalities. It pre-dated social media, online violence, and the #MeToo process. Forged at the height of the optimistic post-Cold War moment, it did not anticipate the democratic reversals of recent years, which have included attacks on women’s rights by religious extremists as well as nationalist populist governments. While the United Nations more recently drafted 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have served to protect and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, there is still much to be done.

This panel discussion also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oxfam’s journal, Gender and Development, which has followed normative and operational advances on women’s empowerment in developing countries since before the Beijing Conference. It will begin a process of reflection in advance of the Beijing anniversary that will identify some of the unfinished and new business regarding the global women’s rights agenda. 

NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz will moderate the discussion.


  • Noeleen Heyzer, Social Scientist and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General
  • Jessica Peñaranda, Director of Movement Building, The Sex Workers Project
  • Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research & Data, UN Women
  • Joanne Sandler, Senior Associate, Gender at Work; former Deputy Director, UNIFEM
  • Caroline Sweetman, Editor, Gender and Development, Oxfam

The free event will take place on Monday, September 24, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., at the Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, 4th Floor.

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