The Beijing Conference: The 4th World Conference on Women (Action for Equality, Development and Peace, 1995)

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, China in September, 1995.  This conference was a formal meeting where Government members of the United Nations discussed steps to be taken to improve the status of women around the world.  Their final task at the Beijing conference was to agree on a document describing those measures – this document is called the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA).

The BPFA is not a list of laws, but a set of principles and strategies for action.  It explains 12 critical areas of concern that are considered as the main obstacles to women’s advancement.  The BPFA not only provides guidelines for actions on the part of Governments, Non-Government Organisations and members of civil society, aiming towards eliminating these barriers to achieving gender equality worldwide, but is a powerful statement of the recognition of women’s unequal status globally.

In 1995 the Australian government, along with all other governments, agreed to promote women’s rights by implementing the actions identified in the Beijing Platform for Action.

Download: BPFA Document

Beijing +15

In 2009 it will be the 15 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action by governments.  This review is a chance for women to come together to discuss and debate the issues raised in the Beijing Platform for Action and to gain a measure of the reality of women’s human rights in Australia.

It is an opportunity for women to have their say and have their input analysed in light of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, the BPFA documents and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Across Australia women will participate in ‘Working Together for Equality’ Caravans and many more will be compiling an E-survey.  Men’s views and opinions will also be captured to feed into the final analysis of the Australian review.

To organise a Caravan to participate in regional events contact: