Beijing+20: The 20th Anniversary of the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women

Bertini event

Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School -- with the help of students from her spring 2015 classes on the United Nations, Girls’ Education, and Humanitarian Action -- will host a March 18 discussion of women’s progress around the world since the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.  That event produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.  

“Beijing+20” will include a viewing of and commentary on Bertini’s (who was then director of the UN World Food Programme) Plenary Address at the Beijing 1995 conference, followed by a student panel and discussion.  Students from countries including Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Macedonia, Germany, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Bolivia, South Korea, and the U.S. will speak about changes in their countries in the past 20 years, followed by Q&A with the audience.

The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, 11:30-1:00 in 204 Maxwell Hall.  A light lunch will be served, and all are welcome to attend. 03/11/15