1995 World Conference on Women
Beijing, China, September 4-15, 1995

4WCW_graphicThe United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW or Beijing), held in Beijing, China, September 4–15, 1995, was the largest and most influential of all the World Conferences on Women. Nearly 180 government delegations and 2,500 nongovernmental organizations met to discuss a broad range of issues concerning women. They drew on and moved beyond language agreed upon at earlier international conferences, including the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994. The Beijing Conference was a turning point in the world's understanding of women's human rights.

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The Secretaries-General of the four United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, China during the Fourth Conference. From left are: Mrs. Helvi Sipila, Finland, Secretary-General of the first conference held in Mexico City in 1975; Mrs. Lucille Mair, Jamaica, Secretary-General of the second conference in Copenhagen in 1980; Mrs. Leticia Shahani, Philippines, Secretary-General of the third conference in Nairobi in 1985; and Mrs. Gertrude Mongella of the United Republic of Tanzania, Secretary-General of the Fourth Conference in Beijing, meeting from 4 to 15 September 1995. (Credit: UN/DPI 051620 by Chen Kai Xing.)


The World Through Women's Eyes
(from the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women)

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