Beijing conference struggles over women's health

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:708

Delegates from 181 United Nations member states have spent the past two weeks in Beijing at the UN fourth world conference on women. But their attempts to agree on the final wording of a 150 page document, intended to influence global, social, and economic policies relating to women, have floundered badly over the section on health.

As the conference began 30% of the document was still not agreed, most of this being in the health section. This included the review of laws containing punitive measures against women who have undergone illegal abortions …

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