Theme: “25 Years Since Beijing: Accelerating Commitments in Nigeria”

The Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, in Beijing, China, set twelve (12) Critical Areas of concerns for national governments of 189 UN Member states, and the international community to achieve in order to reach the goal of equality, development and peace. Together they constitute a global agenda for ensuring the improvement of human rights for women and girls. These twelve Critical Areas of concerns also produced an important momentum and framework for action that galvanized governments, organizations and advocates across the world. 

As the year 2020 presents the occasion for Nigeria and the global community to mark the twenty-fifth (25th ) anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on women and adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), and five years of the 2030 Agenda for governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need to redefine and document progressive blueprint towards advancing women’s rights and adhering to key global policy document with historic commitments to achieve gender equality completely free of violence against women and girls.

  1. Rationale

Since Nigeria’s adoption of the 1995 Beijing  Platform for Action (BPFA), the government and various stakeholders, including civil society groups, the, media, government, women and gender rights activists, have initiated and appropriated actions towards ensuring the acceleration of BPFA, set strategies to remove all forms of obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. However, despite innovation and progress on many fronts, the pace of change remains too slow across the 12 critical areas of concerns of the BPFA. Besides, In Nigeria, as more women attempt to break the glass ceiling of inequalities, persistent patterns of discriminations violence against women and girls, the more challenging it is as these factors reappear in different forms requiring a more strategic approach to deal with.  
In the Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) of 2018 report, Nigeria is ranked 133 of the 149 countries when using index designed to measure gender equality. This allocation is premised on prevailing women rights concerns like widespread abuses, marginalization and other human rights issues, which are among the gaps that remain to be addressed. Specifically, the challenge of the lack gender responsive policing and laws, as a result of the lack of political will, and accountability in resourcing and translating women’s rights and gender equality commitments made over the years into full reality. This has led to abject representation of women in governance, low status and gender-based violence against women.

  1. Scope: Nigeria and the BPFA National Review

Leveraging on the ongoing National-level reviews as the core of the Beijing Plus twenty – five process, at the local and international levels, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) will organize a 2-day National Conference on ’25 Years Since Beijing: Accelerating Commitments in Nigeria’ in Abuja. NWTF will proceed to provide the needed platform to review progress and challenges so far and advance concrete actions towards closing the gaps in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Guided with specifics to  its key mandates and the goal of the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) project supported by Ford Foundation, NWTF will situate proposed conference within the purview of the following critical areas of concern in relation to achieving gender equality, promoting women’s empowerment and protecting women’s human rights in Nigeria.

3.     Call for Abstracts
NWTF hereby invites gender advocates/activists, feminists,  scholars, social workers, policy makers, media and other stakeholders to submit abstracts on  ’25 Years Since Beijing: Accelerating Commitments in Nigeria’ using the current context, emerging issues and prospects for gender equality and women’s rights empowerment and protection in Nigeria and focused specifically on the following thematic areas:
       i.          Violence Against Women
      ii.          Women in Power and Decision Making
    iii.          Institutional Mechanisms for the empowerment and advancement of Women, and
    iv.          Women’s Human Rights

Writers of selected abstracts will be contacted and contacted to develop full papers for presentation at the conference. The conference will offer the opportunity to critically interrogate the process since after the Beijing Conference and examine status of Nigeria on gender equality in comparison to contemporary global achievements and trends.  It will also serve as a knowledge hub in leading advocacy and other strategic alliances for gender equality and women’s empowerment through a documented and published instrument as a key conference deliverable.
The conference will serve to contribute to strengthening gender advancement in Nigeria   through the equal participation of women and men, marginalized groups and other stakeholders around a new and renewed dialogue for acceleration, change, and actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of discriminations against women and girls.

3.1   Selected Conference Activities and Dates:

1Call for abstracts based on focus of the proposed National Conference on Beijing plus 2510 Jan 2020 – Feb 2020 Call for Abstracts
2Sort and select submitted abstracts28 February 2020Deadline for submission of abstracts
3Final selection of Paper writers based on abstracts submitted March 2020Writers of selected abstracts notified
4Final submission of papers30 March 2020Final Submission of papers
5Date of National Conference announcedApril 2020Stakeholders notified and mobilized.

3.2.      Deadline for Submission:

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (400 words) is 28 February, 2020. Abstracts should be submitted by email to Only authors of selected abstracts will be contacted by March 10, 2020.
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