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Beijing Global Platform for Action

The Beijing Global Platform is a product of the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 designed to promote women’s rights and gender equality in development. It sets out policies and practices, which local authorities and other decision makers have been directed by governments to fulfil, and which organisations can use to support their gender-related work. The Platform identifies 12 ‘critical areas of concern’: poverty, education and training, health, violence against women, armed conflict, the economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment and the girl child. The Platform defines strategic objectives and spells out a series of actions to be taken over the next five years by governments, the international community, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, to eliminate discrimination against women and to remove all obstacles to their equality.

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