Background and Rationale
In 1995, the fourth United Nations Conference was held and one of its critical outcomes was the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action for Equality, Development, and Peace. The Platform emphasized 12 key areas where immediate action was needed to move ahead with a systematic gender equality agenda. It also paved the way for countries that signed the Beijing Declaration to ensure fundamental change is real for all women and girls around the world. As a result of the Beijing Platform for Action, national mechanisms for women came to bridge the gap between governmental policies and civil societies for women’s rights. However, these national mechanisms, also known as National Women’s Machineries, face a number of challenges and obstacles due to complexities and instabilities in their national contexts as well as poor states’ commitment to gender equality.
An initiative was thus created by Solidarity is Global Institute – Jordan (SIGI) in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Political Feminism Programme in the MENA region to advance national mechanisms for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. A research and consultation process resulted in the co-creation of the Amman Principles, a set of 9 fundamental principles, and an accreditation framework that seek to enhance the effectiveness of national mechanisms for gender equality around the world and equip them with the necessary powers and means to achieve their goals. The Amman Principles fully integrate themes of the Commission for Status of Women (CSW) into national mechanisms to ensure optimal gender equality advocacy within challenging contexts including those of crises such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Academic personnel, organizations interested in furthering the principles, feminist organizations.
The Amman Principles are an ongoing series of webinars with more events coming soon. Project is likely to continue until March 2023.
A webinar in November 2021 titled, “Amman Principles on a global level.” The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, Solidarity is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized a global virtual dialogue on the importance of the adoption of the Amman Principles as an international instrument that aims to push forward the gender equality agenda.
The webinar had the following description:
National mechanisms for women have passed through a long history since the 1995 Beijing platform for action for Equality, Development, and Peace. However, recently, the Amman principles, a set of 9 fundamental principles came to advance the work of national mechanisms for gender equality and woman empowerment. This initiative done by Solidarity is Global Institute – Jordan (SIGI) in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Political Feminism Programme in the MENA region plans to ensure optimal gender equality advocacy within challenging contexts. In the light of the above, this webinar plans to discuss and further develop the Amman principles, help raise awareness of their importance and advocate for their adoption.
Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship
American University of Beirut
PO Box 11-0236
Riad El Solh, 1107 2020
Tel: +961-1-350000 EXT. 4469
The Debs Center, 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th floor
New York, NY 10017-2303, USA