Summary of the Fourth World Conference on Women: 4-15 September 1995

Earth Negot Bull. 1995 Sep 18;14(21):1-11.


PIP: This bulletin provides a summary of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women (WCW). The delegates to the WCW reached consensus to adopt and implement most of the 345-paragraph Platform for Action and 38-paragraph Declaration. This bulletin traces the history of the WCW from the original UN resolution, including the work which regional groups, expert groups, the Commission on the Status of Women, and informal consultations devoted to preparing the draft Platform for Action. The bulletin continues by providing a report of the WCW, including the pledges made by various governments as part of the "Conference of Commitments." The work of the main committee is described as is the formation of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, for which a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the issues debated is provided. Chapter 1 of the Platform contains the mission statement; Chapter 2 presents the global framework; Chapter 3 describes critical areas of concern; and Chapter 4 outlines strategic objectives and actions in its sections on poverty, education, health, violence against women, armed conflict, inequality in women's access to and participation in economic structures, decision-making, insufficient mechanisms at all levels for the advancement of women, human rights, women and the environment, and the girl child. Chapter 5 discusses institutional arrangements for implementation, and Chapter 6 considers financial arrangements. The bulletin next describes the final session of the main committee as well as actions taken during the closing plenary. The WCW is then subjected to a brief analysis which considers the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Conference of Commitments, and the global process which resulted in the WCW. The bulletin ends by noting that the next important events are the endorsement of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by the UN, the 40th Session of the CSW, national implementation of the Platform for Action, and the Second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat 11).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Behavior
  • Child
  • Communication
  • Congresses as Topic*
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education*
  • Environment*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic*
  • Health*
  • Human Rights*
  • Mass Media*
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Poverty*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Violence*
  • Women's Rights*