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Guide to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, papers
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  • Overview

    Call Number: M0876
    Creator: World Conference on Women.
    Title: United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, papers
    Dates: 1992-1997
    Physical Description: 10 Linear feet
    Physical Description: Due to limited resources, minimal processing occurred to this collection. Scholars will find paperclips, staples, and other original bindings along with letters in their original envelopes. A date span was given whenever possible. Since no arrangement occurred inside each individual box, scholars should note that the completeness of the folder heading could be suspect.
    Summary: This collection contains journals, pamphlets, press kits, conference papers and notes and was created by seven different women who attended the conference and then donated their materials to Stanford Special Collections. The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, took place September 4-15, 1995; the NGO Forum on Women took place just northeast of Beijing, August 30-September 8, 1995. Most of the materials are in English but there are some in Chinese, Spainsh and Arabic.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Ruth von Jahnke Waters, 1996; Helen P. Young, 1996 and 1997; Lotus Yee, 1996 and 1997, Bonita Banducci, 1997, Penny V. Phillips, 1997 and Judy Kramer, 2001, and Rita Maran, 2003.

    Information about Access


    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

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    World Conference on Women. Papers relating to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing. M0876. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    These papers pertain to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, which took place September 4-15, 1995; the NGO Forum on Women took place just northeast of Beijing, August 30-September 8, 1995.
    The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing marked a significant turning point for the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries, is an agenda for women’s empowerment and considered the key global policy document on gender equality. The Beijing conference built on political agreements reached at the three previous global conferences on women (these took place in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985 and then Beijing in 1995), and consolidated five decades of legal advances aimed at securing the equality of women with men in law and in practice. More than 17,000 participants attended, including 6,000 government delegates at the negotiations, along with more than 4,000 accredited NGO representatives, a host of international civil servants and around 4,000 media representatives. A parallel NGO Forum held in Huairou near Beijing also drew some 30,000 participants.
    The United Nations has organized four world conferences on women.
    - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/intergovernmental-support/world-conferences-on-women#sthash.XtHLv19r.dpuf

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The materials are mostly ephemeral in nature and follow the themes of the conference. In some instances, duplicate brochures will be found in each accession.
    From Helen P. Young: Books, journals, pamphlets, conference papers and notes from NGO Forum, e-mail and internet materials, follow-up reports on Women's Conference, Islamic materials for Women's conference, NGO promotional materials, newspapers clippings (US), newspapers from conference, photographs, pre-conference materials, etc., 1995-1997. (96-162, 3 manuscript boxes, and 97-209, 2 folders)
    From Ruth von Jahnke Waters: Books (including Eva Friedlander's LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES; plenary speeches from the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95), pamphlets, journals, programs, newspapers, speeches by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donna E. Shala, color photocopies (8x10) of photographs, and related ephemera. (96-212; 1 print box)
    From Lotus Yee: Action and resource network files, lists of women's organizations on-line, conference schedules, lists of government commitments, printouts from the Beijing95 information exchange, representative brochures and publications of numerous women's groups, bibliographies and publication lists, 1992-1996. Also included are printed materials from numerous organizations such as the International Women's Tribune Centre, the International Women's Health Coalition, the International Network of Women of Color, the California Women's Agenda (CAWA), the Once & Future Action Network, Unifem, etc. (96-239, 3 manuscript boxes; 97-063, 1 manuscript box and 1 print box; 97-275, 2 manuscript boxes; 98-115, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 print box - listing)
    From Bonita Banducci: personal letters, official newspaper, and Banducci's panel presentation, "Competitive strategies of women in business for sustainable global development." (97-062, 2 manuscript boxes)
    From Penny V. Phillips: newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, brochures, and calendar. (97-064, 1 manuscript box)
    From Judy Kramer: files, flyers, journals, newsletters, publications, cassette tapes, 1985-1995.
    From Rita Maran: files, 1995-2001, including International Women's Tribune Center, California Women's Agenda, post-Beijing files, education, China--Women, UNIFEM & other post-FWCW, Tibet, and Forum--NGO. Accession 2003-302, 1 record container. (2003-302, 1 record container)

    Access Terms

    Banducci, Bonita
    Beijing95 Information Exchange.
    California Women's Agenda (CAWA)
    Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    Friedlander, Eva.
    International Network of Women of Color.
    International Women's Tribune Centre.
    Kramer, Judy
    NGO Forum on Women, Beijing '95.
    Once and Future Action Network.
    Phillips, Penny V.
    Shalala, Donna E.
    Waters, Ruth von Jahnke
    World Conference on Women.
    Yee, Lotus
    Young, Helen P.