Beijing Platform for Action

In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing. Parallel to the 17,000 official participants, 35,000 women from around the world met at the NGO Forum. The “Platform for Action” adopted by the conference, formulated demands for the equal participation of women in all domains of society. Two chapters are devoted to the topics “Women and Armed Conflict” and “Violence Against Women.”

The World Conference on Women, the splendid culmination of years of debate, was hopeful that this would usher in a new era in international women’s policies. The implementation of the Beijing Platform, however, is proceeding slowly, and many countries have hardly reacted to its action plans, as shown by the annual review meetings of the UN Commission on Status of Women.


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