Vast Uncertainty as Beijing+25 Moves to the Next Stage – Ms. Magazine

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Grammy Award-winning singer and a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, Angélique Kidjo performing at an event for International Women’s Day, March 2020. This year was supposed to be a time for heralding women’s rights, but so far that is not working out. (Eskinder Debebe / UN Photo)

This year was intended to be a celebratory time for women: the 25th anniversary of the momentous Beijing conference on women’s rights and how to advance them. It isn’t working out that way, however, as a global health crisis and disagreements among advocates for women rewrite the script.

The 2020 session of the Commission on the Status of Women—intended to focus on a Beijing+25 theme—was cut from almost two weeks to one day, under United Nations restrictions imposed on government delegations to help…

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