Beijing+20: The 20th Anniversary of the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women
Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School, will host a March 18 discussion of women’s progress around the world since the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Students from her spring 2015 classes on the United Nations, Girls’ Education and Humanitarian Action will assist at the event.
The discussion will be held Wednesday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 204 Maxwell Hall.
The 1995 conference produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/about, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.
“Beijing+20” will include a viewing of and commentary on Bertini’s (who was then director of the UN World Food Programme) Plenary Address at the Beijing 1995 conference, followed by a student panel and discussion. Students from countries, including Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Germany, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Bolivia, South Korea and the United States, will speak about changes in their countries in the past 20 years, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
A light lunch will be served, and all are welcome to attend.