On the 19th of January 2021, Share-Net Netherlands and WO=MEN, in partnership with Rutgers, Dance4Life, Simavi and CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality organised an online event titled “Achieving Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – International Advocacy challenges and opportunities in 2020 & 2021”. This event was moderated by Yvonne Bogaarts (Manager Advocacy, Rutgers) and Nadia van der Linde (Programme Manager International Processes, WO=MEN) and created a space to discuss recent developments and expectations related to specific UN advocacy processes.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 required us to adapt to a changing advocacy landscape, with different challenges and opportunities for civil society engagement. In this meeting we aimed to bring together our lessons learned and to strategise around our engagements for gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2021. Speakers from CSO’s and the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and Foreign Affairs (BZ) inspired participants to kick-start knowledge sharing and effective collaborations for (remote) advocacy.
This report summarises the most important advocacy moments and developments in relation to CSW, CPD, HLPF and Beijing+25 from 2020 and provides an outlook about what to expect from international advocacy processes in 2021.