Beijing and the future of womenBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.580 (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:580
- Naomi Craft, Editorial registrar BMJ
- London WC1H 9JR
Improving health depends on changing women's social and political roles Delegates to next week's United Nations world conference on women, which is being held in Beijing, hope to regain the momentum that has been lost since the previous conference in Nairobi a decade ago. The UN's Commission on the Status of Women concluded as long ago as 1990 that although the world community had become more conscious of issues affecting women, less and less was being done to improve their lot.
Delegates will be also hammering out the final wording of a draft platform for action,1 meant for governments, non-government organisations, and the private sector. This 150 page document groups obstacles to women's advancement under 12 “critical areas for concern,” of which health is one.
Last year's UN conference on population and development in Cairo witnessed a major shift in the way that governments approach population control, moving away from coercive attempts to achieve demographic goals …