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The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: 20 Years On

It’s been twenty years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a turning point for women’s rights organizing around the world.

While the achievements of the last 20 years have been important, the vast majority of women continue to live in a world marked by systemic inequality and violence. Overall, progress in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action has been very limited. The overwhelming lack of political commitment and financial resources, along with increasing religious fundamentalisms have impeded the fulfilment of the commitments made by governments in Beijing. 

This special focus section provides analysis and key resources related to the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20).

Refugee woman
© 2008 Paul Jeffrey 2, Courtesy of Photoshare