Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
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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 overriding message is that the issues addressed -women and poverty, women and decision-making and violence against women, amongst others- are global and universal. Deeply entrenched attitudes and practices perpetuate inequality and discrimination against women in all parts of the world.
Accordingly, implementation requires that institutions at all levels must be reoriented to expedite changes in values, attitudes, practices and priorities; measures to protect and promote the human rights of women and girl-children as an integral part of universal human rights must underlie all action. As a result, Governments and the UN agreed to promote gender mainstreaming in policies and programmes.
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- International: Open letter to President of the Human Rights Council regarding sexual orientation and gender identity
- WLUML Statement on Afghan women's exclusion from participation at Bonn
- UN: Open letter from NGOs to the General Assembly regarding terrorism debate
- UN: Security Council resolution 1373 to combat terrorism
- Egypt: Combined sixth and seventh periodic reports to CEDAW
- IWRAW: Equity or Equality for Women? Understanding CEDAW's Equality Principles
- UN Report: Good Practices in Legislation on 'Harmful Practices' against Women
- Reporting Gender Based Violence
- Knowing Our Rights: Women, family, laws and customs in the Muslim world - 3rd edition