Governments in Motion One Year After the Beijing Women's Conferences
Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
What are governments around the globe doing to respond to women's agendas one year after the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing? Beyond Promises constitutes a progress report on roughly half of the 189 member states that attended the Beijing conference. It includes a survey of over 50 governments on the implementation of the critical areas of concern in the Platform for Action, the main document resulting from the conference. The majority of governments surveyed reported the setting up of institutional mechanisms, while others are involving non-governmental activists in follow-up mechanisms.
Beyond Promises is a valuable guide for women's groups one year after Beijing in their efforts to monitor and remind governments of the commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women.
WEDO, 1996. paper; 87 pp. US$5.00
CANADIAN WOMAN STUDIES: POST-BEIJING
This fascinating collection of essays, poems, personal narratives, and photographs commemorates progress and prospects for women's rights from the UN Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). It serves as a networking tool in the process established over the 10 years since the previous conference (Nairobi, 1985) and includes a range of articles that shows the commonality and the uniqueness of experiences of women within Canada and from around the world.
A historical overview and current critiques of the fight for women's rights are followed by a discussion of women's demands for social justice, with articles on sexual orientation, refugees, and education of girls and women. It concludes with a focus on current and projected consequences of the move towards global economic and political systems, and emphasises the accountability of governments to international agreements.
Canadian Woman Studies, Summer, 16 (3), 1996. periodical; 152 pp. US$8.00
ISSUES AND IMAGES OF BEIJING '95
"In September 1995 in China, two global conferences on women were held, one convened by the United Nations for the governments of the world, and one for the world's women." So begins the narrative for this slide-tape set, an audio-visual journal of the historic NGO Forum on Women '95 which was attended by at least 35,000 women from all over the world.
While not comprehensive, the slide-tape set provides a wonderful glimpse into issues and events at the Forum: workshops and meetings, marches, computer networking, book-selling, cultural events and rain-washed tents, and features groups ranging from Tibetan women in exile to women using circus acts to deal with trauma and despair. With 80 slides, a 12-minute audio tape with narrative and music, and an 8-page script, Issues and Images of Beijing '95 would be extremely useful as a stimulant for further discussion and action on behalf of women everywhere.
International Women's Tribune Centre, 1996. Slide-tape set. US$50.00
VOICES OF WOMEN
Forward With Dignity and Wholeness
Patricia Moore Harbour and Lynne Twist (Eds.)
Voices of Women reveals the courageous leadership, unforgettable spirit and global perspective from the hearts of women who attended the UN Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). World leaders, homemakers, scholars, CEOs, the physically challenged, grassroots activists, lesbians, policy-makers, mothers and daughters, all share their personal stories of frustration and triumph in Beijing, and the long-term commitments to action that were forged at the conference.
This anthology of essays -- on the fight for human rights, equality, sexual and reproductive rights; on spiritual quests; on the importance of families; and on the hope for world peace -- gives voice to the women who went to Beijing, what they found there, and how they became empowered to create a safe and healthy world for women and girls, men and boys.
The Fetzer Institute, 1996. paper; 92 pp. US$16.95
WOMEN'S STUDIES QUARTERLY: BEIJING AND BEYOND
Toward the Twenty-First Century of Women
Florence Howe (Ed.)
This historic double issue of the Women's Studies Quarterly provides a definitive guide to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995) and the parallel NGO Forum on Women. It assembles 25 essays, reports, documents, and speeches by governmental and non-governmental leaders; first-hand reportage of the proceedings; a special section of photographs; and, the full text of the Platform for Action and accompanying commentary. It provides readers with insights into the planning preceding the meetings and the excitement of actually taking part in this unprecedented event. Since the elements of the Platform overlap significantly with those of national women's studies curricula, the volume appropriately concludes with 12 National Reports on women's studies: China, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Latvia, Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, and Uganda.
Beijing and Beyond is essential for anyone working to carry out the mission of the Platform and for women activists and teachers around the world.
Feminist Press, Women's Studies Quarterly, Volume XXIV Spring/Summer (1 & 2), 1996. periodical; 420 pp. ISBN 1-55861-142-8 $22.00
NGO Forum '95 Resources
The NGO Forum on Women '95 was held in Huairou, China (August 30-September 8, 1995) in conjunction with the UN Fourth World Conference on Women. The following three publications from the NGO Forum Office are available exclusively through Women, Ink.
LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES
Proceedings of the Plenary Sessions at the NGO Forum on Women, Huairou, China, September 1995
Eva Friedlander (Ed.)
The programme of plenaries at the NGO Forum '95 spanned the course of the Forum, starting on August 31 with the Opening Plenary and ending on September 8 with an Intergenerational dialogue. Look at the World Through Women's Eyes is a collection of over 70 papers delivered in the plenary sessions by renowned women activists, scholars and others who spoke on issues of critical concern to women. It is divided into three sections: Overview of Global Forces; Strategies and Mechanisms; and Accountability and Action. The message to the Forum from Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma and the address by Hilary Rodham Clinton are also included. This collection provides an invaluable overview of current global forces and the strategies women have developed to deal with them.
NGO Forum Publications, 1996. paper. US$8.95
Also available in Spanish.
THE NGO FORUM ON WOMEN '95 FINAL REPORT
The NGO Forum on Women '95 was the culminating event in a series of meetings, conferences, and work sessions convened and organised by women and NGOs in every region of the world. This report summarises regional and international preparatory activities, as well as NGO activities at the Forum in Huairou and at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It is divided into four parts: an introduction describing the vision, goals, historical significance and organisational structures of the Forum; a description of the preparatory activities for the Fourth World Conference on Women; an outline of the activities at the Forum in Huairou; and, a list of the contributors
to the Forum.
NGO Forum Publications, 1996. paper. US$5.95
NGO FORUM '95 NEWSPAPERS
This volume contains the complete set of the NGO Forum '95 daily newspaper (nine issues) produced by an international team of journalists at the NGO Forum in Huairou. In convenient booklet format.
NGO Forum Publications, 1996. paper. US$7.95
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