Commission on the Status of Women, March 3, 2010 (c) UN Photo/Evan Schneider

March 2, 2010 marked the fifteenth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, from the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. The conference was to promote a strategy for gender equality and women’s equality in the 21st century.

The United Nations and NGOs around the world are holding meetings, reflecting on progress, and celebrating the historic event. At the United Nations the 64th General Assembly and the 54th Commission on the Status of Women held meetings.

H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the UN General Assembly, in his remarks, noted that the conference had advanced political gains and new opportunities for women around the world, but the violence against women and many other challenges continue to exist and we must continue to “make this a better—and more equal world—for all women and girls.”

He was followed by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who, in her speech, reminded all that the UN Charter affirmed the principle of equality of men and women. She spoke about the passion of 30,000 NGO representatives attending the 1995 NGO forum. She spoke about progress, assessments, and the need to be self-critical.

Events were held around the world to discuss the status of women, highlighting such problems as trafficking, rape, poverty, lack of water, family planning, cultural change, women in politics, women in science, women in war, ownership of property, and more.

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