International Development Law Organization

IDLO at the Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum is a multi-stakeholder initiative, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by France and Mexico, that brings together governments, activists, corporations, feminist organizations, youth and allies, to accelerate progress for gender equality around the world. Over twenty-five years after the World Conference on Women, and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Forum is taking stock of progress and driving concrete actions to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

The Forum responds to the fact that—despite the commitments made in Beijing in 1995 to take strategic, bold action on gender equality—progress and implementation has been slow. Not a single country today can claim to have achieved gender equality. With women’s rights at risk of rolling back further as a result of the COVID-19 crisis—due to heightened poverty and risks of gender-based violence—the Forum is a rallying point to finally achieve the human rights of all women and girls.

The Forum kicked off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 29–31 March 2021, and will culminate in Paris, France, on 30 June – 2 July 2021, with the aim of building new, multi-stakeholder partnerships for gender equality and securing a set of concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality.

Additional participation

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Generation Equality Action Coalitions     Our event    DG Jan Beagle Video Message    Our gender work     Strategic Plan 2021-2024


Generation Equality Action Coalitions

Generation Equality Action Coalitions The Generation Equality Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that are mobilizing governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to catalyze... 

Our event

Event Date:
29 June, 2021
WEBINAR | 29 June 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30 Rome (CEST) Justice for Women and Girls: Galvanizing Action for an Equal Future Justice a powerful enabler of gender equality. When women are empowered to stand up for themselves, claim their rights...

DG Jan Beagle Video messages


Our gender work

In much of the world, women and girls continue to be denied equal protection under the law. Many suffer appalling violence and confront significant cultural and economic barriers. Discrimination, low access to education, poverty, family pressure and social stigma obstruct their freedom and advancement. Family disputes over inheritance and ownership are often resolved at community or village level, reinforcing traditional hierarchies and excluding women from the decision-making process.

Across all of its programs, IDLO works to empower women, with the rule of law both a broad frame of reference and a flexible tool. To achieve this aim, top-down reforms must be coupled with efforts to protect women and promote gender equality. The aim is a justice system which affirms women’s rights and allows their voice to be heard. Read more


10 September, 2020
Women and Customary and Informal Justice Systems focuses on the relationship between women and customary and informal justice (CIJ) systems. It brings together current research, expert perspectives and programmatic experience, addressing: »»the evolution of legal and policy debates on women and CIJ; »»challenges women encounter in accessing justice through CIJ systems; »»gender-focused engagement entry points, modalities, and good practices for CIJ systems; and »»policy recommendations to...
21 May, 2020
Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents a global synthesis of the state of justice systems in connection with women’s justice needs, highlights innovative interventions underway in many parts of the world, and urges justice leaders and all stakeholders to take action to increase justice for women and girls during the global health emergency.  Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19...






27 March, 2019
#Justiceforwomen and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitments to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group on Justice for Women worked to better understand common justice problems for women, make the case for investment and identify strategies that work. In their report they call to action justice leaders of all countries and sectors, to accelerate implementation of the global goals for gender...
Event Date:
19 October, 2020
WEBINAR  | 23 October 2020 |  14:00 – 15:30 Rome​ |  8:00 – 9:30 New York​  Justice for Women and Girls: Moving from Commitment to Action Amidst COVID-19 Justice for women and girls is at the core...
Event Date:
1 September, 2020
WEBINAR - PANEL DISCUSSION  | 10 September 2020 |  14:00 – 16:00 CET​Customary and Informal Justice Systems: Expanding Women’s Access to Justice and Gender Equality Around the world, people claim rights and...
Event Date:
30 June, 2020
WEBINAR – PANEL DISCUSSION There is increasing evidence that the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19 is fueling widespread violations of women’s rights, including elevated risks of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV...