Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, China, 1995), at which Ireland participated, is an agenda for women’s empowerment. It aims at removing all the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through ensuring women a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace, and in the wider national and international communities.

The Declaration and Platform for Action affirm that equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice. It is also a necessary and fundamental prerequisite for equality, development and peace. To this end, governments, the international community and civil society, including non-governmental organisations and the private sector, are called upon to take strategic action in the following twelve critical areas of concern for women globally:

  • Women and poverty
  • Education and training of women
  • Women and health
  • Violence against women
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and the economy
  • Women in power and decision-making
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Women and the media
  • Women and the environment
  • The girl-child

In June 2000 at the 23rd special session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century (Beijing +5)', a Political Declaration and Outcome document, ‘Further actions and initiatives to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action’ were adopted. The full text of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Beijing+5 Political Declaration and Outcome are available here.

Reports prepared by Ireland in response to Beijing

The Department of Justice and Equality is currently preparing Ireland's comprehensive national review on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Please see our Beijing +25 page for further details.

Previous reports published in relation to Ireland's response to these commitments include the following:

European Union Indicators adopted in relation to the Beijing Platform for Action

The EU support of the Beijing Platform for Action was affirmed at the highest political level by heads of government at the European Council Summit in Madrid in December 1995. This visible political support has framed the implementation and follow-up of the Beijing Platform for Action since then and continues to provide the impetus for progress. Since 1999 a number of quantitative and qualitative indicators have been developed by the Presidencies of the EU Council to monitor progress towards the achievement of the goals of the BPfA. By 2013 the Council adopted conclusions and taken note of the proposed indicators in eleven out of twelve critical areas defined by the BPfA. Currently, indicators are yet to be developed on the theme of the Human Rights of Women. For further details please see gender statistics published by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).