The document that defined more than half a century ago what a human being is, retains today its power as an advocacy tool for women's liberation while, some argue, falling short in the defense of women's rights via omission of the most flagrant forms of gender-based discrimination and by not referring to women in other terms than 'motherhood'. 

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

Convened in 1995 in Beijing, following the previous ones that took place in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980 and Nairobi in 1985, the Conference coalesced preparations by delegates into the formulation of a Platform for Action that sought to draw a strategic blueprint to achieve greater equality and opportunity for women.

The Human Rights Council concluded its 12th session by naming the first Independent Expert on cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, Director of Research at Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre & longstanding council member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
Mme Michèle André, (soc., Puy-de-Dôme), présidente de la Délégation aux droits des femmes, est intervenue auprès du Gouvernement français pour le mettre en garde contre les conséquences négatives que pourrait entraîner pour les droits des femmes le vote.
Quatre agences et bureaux des Nations Unies seront fusionnés pour créer une nouvelle agence unique au sein de l'Organisation pour promouvoir les droits et le bien être des femmes et pour travailler à l'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes.
18 juin 2009: Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a procédé ce matin à la nomination de deux Rapporteurs spéciaux et de trois membres de Groupes de travail.
On 18 June 2009, the UN Human Rights Council approved five candidates for special procedure mandates, including new Special Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers and on violence against women.
Examen des progrès et évaluation de la mise en oeuvre de la Déclaration et du Programme d’action de Durban par toutes les parties prenantes aux niveaux national, régional et international.
Delegates to the Durban Review Conference in Geneva adopted a final Outcome Document on 21 April. After a less than perfect process, characterised by polarisation and withdrawals, the Outcome Document was adopted without any changes or amendments.
Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands have all joined the US and Israel in announcing their withdrawal from the Geneva conference.
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