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3 Feb 2014

Women parliamentarians adopt a declaration in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration

The seminar, held at the initiative of the president of the National Assembly, Jacques Chagnon, was the first in the history of the networks of women parliamentarians.

Nearly 80 women parliamentarians – members of networks in La Francophonie, the Americas and the Commonwealth – adopted a declaration in Québec City in anticipation of the 20th anniversary, in 2015, of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The declaration is a commitment by the parliamentarians to continue their work within their respective parliaments in support of women.

The declaration was adopted during a seminar held at the National Assembly on January 21 and 22.
It calls on all women parliamentarians to mobilize in order to collectively broaden reflection in this area.

Beijing Declaration

The Fourth World Conference on Women, held under the auspices of the United Nations in Beijing, China, in September 1995, marked a major global turning point for gender equality and opened a new chapter in the fight for women’s empowerment.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which resulted from the Conference influence several areas of intervention aimed at advancing women’s rights.
During the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to be held in New York City in March 2015, the UN will report on the progress that has been made in the past 20 years and the obstacles that still must be overcome.

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (in French)

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