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02.18.10 - In 1995, representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations attended the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, where the international community reaffirmed and built upon the commitments set forth within the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (POA), and launched an even broader legal and political agenda to achieve gender equality.
The Center commemorates the 15-year anniversary of the Beijing Conference, which produced the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action (PFA), a document widely regarded as the most comprehensive articulation of international commitments related to women's human rights. The PFA established a new global agenda for women's empowerment that placed an emphasis on gender equality and women's human rights.