Generation Equality2021-09-21T14:10:21+05:30

The Generation Equality Forum is a civil-society centred, global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.

Over 25 years after the landmark Beijing Women’s Conference public rhetoric on gender equality has not been matched by action and implementation. Not a single country today can claim to have achieved gender equality.

The Forum, therefore, represents a key moment for gender equality advocates from every sector of society – governments, civil society, private sector, entrepreneurs, trade unions, artists, academia and social influencers – to drive urgent action and accountability for gender equality.


  1. There are only 21 countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government.
  2. More than 3/4 of the seats in parliaments are still held by men.
  3. 6.6% of CEOs are women.
  4. Only 57 of the 900 winners of a Nobel Prize are women.
  5. Until 2020, Kathryn Bigelow was the only woman to have won the Best Director Award in the 92-years history of the Oscars. Jane Campion was the only female director to win the Palme d’Or in the Cannes Film Festival’s 72-year history. Good news in 2021: Chloe Zhao became the first woman of colour to win the Oscar for Best Director for Nomadland, while Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or for her film Titane.
  6. Only 24% of the persons heard, read about or seen in Newspaper, Radio & Television news are women. Source: Women’s representation in society, UN Women.
  7. At the slow speed experienced over the period 2006–2020, it will take 257 years to close the Economic Participation and Opportunity gap. And it will take 94.5 years to close the gender gap in the Political Empowerment area. Source: World Economic Forum – Global Gender Gap Report 2020.

Since 2006 the Global Gender Gap Index has been measuring the extent of gender-based gaps among four key dimensions (Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment)

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Generation Equality Forum Paris / 30 June – 2 July 2021

Event highlights

Women in Science

April 19 @ 18:30 - June 21 @ 20:30

India and France have been working together for several decades to achieve common developmental goals in the field of science and research. To preserve the heritage of this longstanding collaboration, the French Institute in India has initiated a project to document the scientific partnership between India and France across disciplines.


June 11 @ 18:30 - 20:30

Persepolis is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

The feminist icon

June 30 @ 18:30 - 20:30

French author and existentialist Simone de Beauvoir have had a considerable influence on feminist theory and gender studies around the world. Her landmark book considered the Bible of the feminist movement, The Second Sex (1949) will soon be translated again in Hindi by Monica Singh, with the support of our PAP Tagore programme.


Palme d’or for Julia Ducournau

The French director is only the second female filmmaker to get the top honour in the festival’s 74-year history for her film TITANE.


Thank you for joining the Equality Movement. You have been the voice for Equality through the slogans you have contributed. Over 700 slogans were received for the slogan contest in many different languages. Let us be the wake-up call the world needs. Let us be the voice of Generation Equality.
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