International Women’s Day 2020: 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration

Source: European Parliament (EP) i, published on Monday, March 9 2020.

For this year’s International Women's Day on 8 March, the European Parliament is marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality.

What is the Beijing Declaration?

In 1995, the UN’s 4th World Conference on women adopted a resolution regarding the empowerment and advancement of women around the world. It set out strategic objectives to achieve gender equality in 12 areas, including the economy, violence against women, women in power and women and the environment. As the vote took place in Beijing, this resolution is known as the Beijing Declaration.

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A conference to mark the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration planned by Parliament’s women's rights committee for 5 March was cancelled.

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