Post-2015 Womens Coalition Background

The Coalition was created to strengthen feminist engagement in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and processes, to ensure the promotion of women’s greater economic and decision-making power, and to facilitate the realization of women’s civil, political and social rights. Its main objetive was to amplify feminist voices and analyses during and beyond the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Coalition grew out of a global network of over 300 civil society organizations initiated in 2005 to demand that the new UN Reform process reflect gender perspectives and further advance the gender equality and women’s rights agenda. The network started operating as the GEAR (Gender/Equality/Architecture/Reform) Campaign during the March 2008 Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

In September 2012, in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the main architects of the GEAR Campaign became part of the core group that initiated the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition. These founding members sought to build a “global coalition comprised of national, regional, and international women’s, feminist, and social justice organizations and networks engaging in and monitoring UN-related processes and institutions, including UN Women, for the realization of women’s rights and gender equality.” Download the complete pdf:  FAR Assessment: Summary Document