GEF Paris: Six Reflections From the Women Deliver Team

GEF Paris Opening Ceremony speakers take the stage for a group photo.

1. USD 40 Billion Pledged to Advance Gender Equality Over the Next Five Years

2. The Power of Civil Society, Particularly Feminist Movements

Alongside the commitments from the public sector, philanthropy, and the private sector, 440 civil society and 94 youth-led organizations also shared commitments with the power to move the needle on gender equality. Notable commitments include CAREs commitment to invest USD 130 million to support girl and women leaders through savings and solidarity groups, as well as local women-led humanitarian organizations focusing on girls’ and women’s rights; Malala Fund’s pledge to award USD 20 million to girls’ education activists and to co-create a quality education agenda with girls around the world; and the International Center for Research on Women’s launch of the Global Partner Network for Feminist Foreign Policy — made up of a growing global partner network of governments and civil society organizations committed to advancing feminist foreign policy. A number of game-changing, non-financial commitments to advance feminist policy were also made, most notably by Equal Measures 2030, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Plan International, and the Women’s Refugee Commission toward accelerating access to sexual and reproductive health services, tackling harmful gender norms, and preventing gender-based violence.

3. Ensuring Inclusion and Accessibility

More than 50,000 people from a broad range of sectors and geographies convened both in person, in Paris, and virtually. Thanks to the rich and diverse contributions of women’s rights organizations and movements, youth-led and LGBTQIA+ organizations, indigenous leaders and communities, government, private sector, and philanthropic leaders, among others, the Forum was a turning point for multi-stakeholder engagement.

GEF Event: Addressing violence against trans women in Latin America and the Caribbean. From left to right, top to bottom: Marcela Romero, Mónica Linares, Nadir Cardozo, Miluska Luzquinos.

4. Young Feminists Spoke Truth to Power, and Demanded Real Co-leadership

GEF Opening Ceremony: From left to right, top to bottom: Aya Chebbi, Yande Banda, Julieta Martinez, Shantel Marekera.

5. Key Issues Areas: SRHR, Economic Justice & Rights, and Climate Action

GEF Event: My Body is My Own. From left to right: Natalia Kanem, Lucas Ixchel, Carlos Acosta, Muthoni Enid, Alm Ericson Janine.

6. Real — and lasting — change requires accountability

GEF Event: Adolescents Lead the Dialogue on Accountability for Gender Equality. From left to right, top to bottom: Oindrila Ghosh, Chamathya Fernanco, Thubelihle Nkiwane, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

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