YWCA delegation: Aïda Rehouma (World YWCA), Ruba Odeh (YWCA of Palestine) and Mary Bii Bakuyo, (YWCA of South Sudan)

The Tunis Gender Forum, held in Tunisia from April 24-26th brought together approximately 500 participants representing local, national, regional and global perspectives, to discuss civil society’s engagement in different human rights processes and mechanisms. The forum  offered the opportunity to review the processes of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25),  the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and the first 5-year review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mary Bii Bakuyo, (YWCA of South Sudan), Ruba Odeh (YWCA of Palestine) and Aïda Rehouma (World YWCA) attended and actively engaged at the forum among different stakeholders, including members of the Government of Tunisia, the Government of Sweden, UN WOMEN, and UNDP.

Discussions at the forum focused on the four themes of Beijing +25;  women, peace & security; gender equality in local governance; and innovation and technology for women’s economic empowerment.

Mary, as a young woman leader from South Sudan, spoke on a panel on feminist peace, highlighting what grassroots programming reveals in terms of building long-term peace involving women. Ahead of the Forum, the World YWCA was also invited to join the group of organisations such as ICAN, Kvinna til Kvinna, Oxfam MENA and WILPF that informed and put together the sessions under the Women, Peace & Security theme.

Participants to the Forum also issued a common statement in response to the UN Security Council’s adoption on April 23rd of Resolution 2467, which references to sexual and reproductive health services for women having suffered sexual violence in the context of conflicts are excluded.

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The results of an online consultation and final outcome documents with updated recommendations will be forwarded to the Beijing + 25 Secretariat to inform the discussion on the review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action.