Gender Equality: Women’s Rights in Review 25 Years After Beijing

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In September 1995, 17,000 participants, 30,000 activist leaders and representatives of 189 countries gathered together in Beijing, China—creating the largest ever global gathering on women’s and girls’ rights.

This conference—the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women—had a mandate: to create the most transformative agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

First Lady Hillary Clinton Speaks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session. Delivered 5 September 1995, Beijing, China. (YouTube)

As a result, the famous Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was created: a visionary agenda that outlines strategic objectives for gender equality and the improvement of human rights for women and girls. This document represented a crucial turning point in the international efforts to promote gender…

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