Rights and declaration

Beijing Platform for Action

The 1995 Beijing Conference was the first of the United Nations World Conferences on Women to incorporate an explicit focus on the girl child, with Governments recognizing that girls face particular forms of discrimination not only on the basis of their sex, but also their age, and therefore specific action would be needed to protect their needs and rights. One hundred and eighty-nine Member States adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which laid out a comprehensive agenda for women’s political and economic empowerment and the foundations for gender mainstreaming.

The Beijing Platform for Action identified 12 critical areas of action towards the achievement of gender equality, one of which is the girl child. You can read more about the platform and the specific actions on the next pages.

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