International Development Law Organization

Fulfilling the promises of Generation Equality

Friday, September 15, 2023

Engaging in policy advocacy is a key aspect of IDLO’s gender strategy. By championing justice for women in global policy-setting processes, convening policy dialogues, enhancing the generation, exchange and dissemination of learning products and strengthening multisectoral partnerships, we work to keep gender equality and the rule of law at the forefront of national and global discussions.

In 2022, IDLO continued its strong engagement with Generation Equality, a multistakeholder, multisectoral and multi- generational campaign to drive concrete, ambitious and transformative action towards gender equality.

As a leading Commitment Maker to four of the six Generation Equality Action Coalitions – on Gender-based violence, Economic justice and rights, Feminist action for climate justice and Feminist movements and leadership – IDLO has actively engaged in the campaign. We have helped to catalyse collective action and strengthen policy engagement with global and local partners.

As part of Generation Equality’s 24-hour around-the-clock side sessions at the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, IDLO held a virtual side event on Feminist Climate Action and the Rule of Law. The event was organized with the support of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Italy, Maldives and the Philippines and in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the American Bar Association and the Rights and Resources Initiative.

IDLO was also instrumental in helping to craft the accountability framework for the Generation Equality Global Acceleration Plan as well as the Commitments Reporting Survey. These tools outline the campaign’s strategy and track progress. They served as the foundation for the first Annual Monitoring and Accountability report released in the lead up to the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA77). During the first-ever Generation Equality Accountability Moment at UNGA77, IDLO’s Director-General spoke alongside the Foreign Ministers of France and Mexico, the UN Deputy-Secretary-General and other high-level officials, showcasing the implementation and impact of our commitments to date.

As a permanent member of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice’s (FACJ) Global Policy Events Subcommittee, IDLO made sure that justice and the rule of law were included in the Coalition’s global policy priorities and key messages.

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, IDLO joined UN Women in a call for “centring survivors in gender-based violence response efforts”. During the campaign, we highlighted our commitments to Generation Equality and its Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence and launched our report on Survivor-Centred Justice for Gender-based Violence in Complex Situations.

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown | Date: March 18, 2023