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This month we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 and the kick-off of the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Both of these events happen every year. But this year is special.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the landmark framework on women’s health and rights. This is where our rallying cry, “women’s rights are human rights,” originated (though the concept has been around a lot longer than 20 years!). It’s also the basis of our My Body My Rights campaign, which seeks to accelerate progress on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, issues that still have a long way to go.

Because this year’s CSW focuses on such a monumental anniversary, and requires the world’s governments to honestly assess how far we’ve come in protecting and promoting women’s rights everywhere, a new Declaration will be issued by the CSW this year, one that will represent the highest levels of political will and that will inform the next phase of global health and human rights efforts for women and girls.

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