Review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Empowering women and girls by eradicating obstacles and barriers to participation in all public and private arenas has been a priority of the United Nations since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995 at the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women. UN member states recognized that shared power and responsibility in economic, social, cultural, and political decision-making must be accessible to both women and men. The United Nations sees these goals as a matter of Human Rights and Social Justice. The United Nations encourages members to act locally and globally to challenge inequalities and discrimination. These goals were re-affirmed in the year 2000 when actions and initiatives to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action were adopted and the UN Commission on the State of Women engaged in a 15-year review of the Declaration. The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Delegates are urged to report on the progress of eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and their efforts to achieve gender equality in the empowerment of women in the home, in the workplace, in the justice system, and in the political sphere.