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Title Steps Forward: Initiatives in Beijing Implementation ( Beijing+5 Review)
Edition 2000
Call Number KP.II.VAN.S
ISBN/ISSN 967-9928-66-9
Author(s) Vanessa Griffen and Lakshmi Menon
Subject(s) Implementasi politik-- beijing
The Gender and Development programme in Asian and
Women Benefit more from mainstream development pol
Implementing a women's plan of action
Marginalised women
Beijing+5 Review
Classification KP,II
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GMD Text
Language English
Publisher The Asian and Pacific Development Centre(APDC)
Publishing Year 2000
Publishing Place Malaysia
Collation 112 hlm. : ilus. ; 26 cm.
Abstract/Notes There was evidence at Beijing+5 that progressive positions on women’s human rights, including reproductive rights, have become more widely accepted. For example, many delegations that had opposed the Beijing Platform’s provisions on reproductive and sexual rights five years ago, notably from Latin America, supported more progressive measures to implement those very provisions. Despite the right wing’s strategy to wear down delegates to the point of physical exhaustion and extract concessions along the way, the Beijing Platform truly was a “floor.” Even those provisions considered to be “radical” in 1995 were accepted, demonstrating that the international community’s thinking on gender equality continues to move forward as it has in recent decades. As was the case at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, at the 1995 Beijing Conference, and at the 1999 five-year review of ICPD (IPCD+5), reproductive and sexual rights were the primary targets of right-wing opponents of women’s full equality. A small number of conservative governments and their NGO allies sought to undermine the negotiations, primarily by stalling and blocking consensus on issues such as unsafe abortion, the inclusion of reproductive and sexual rights, and discrimination based on sexual orientation; this strategy was designed to chip away at the Beijing Platform’s principles. North-South debates on overseas development assistance, debt relief, and globalization also complicated the negotiations. A handful of countries, including the U.S., fundamentally disagreed on provisions related to sanctions, foreign occupation, and nuclear disarmament, with the U.S. entering reservations on several provisions as a result
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