Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

In 1995, the Beijing Declaration was adopted by the UN at the Fourth World Conference on Women following the motto “Action for Equality, Development and Peace”. In the declaration, the signatory states declare their willingness to advocate for a gender-sensitive approach in all political strategies and programmes.
Along with the Declaration a Platform for Action was created, naming twelve critical areas of concern:

  • Women and poverty
  • Education and training of women
  • Women and health
  • Violence against women,
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and the economy
  • Women in power and decision-making
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Women and the media
  • Women and the environment
  • The girl child

Though there are no means of imposing sanctions on states, the principles set out in the Platform for Action can by invoked by individuals and women’s organisations.

The global progress in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action is reviewed every five years by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Find the official Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action document here.