In 1995, the official representatives of more than 180 countries gathered in Beijing, China for the Fourth World Conference on Women, organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Their common goal was to proceed on action that had been taken in the past by the international community with regards to the promotion of gender equality. The overarching objective of the Conference was to elaborate further action for women’s empowerment and towards their full participation on the basis of equality across all facets of society.
The Conference helped to develop and refine a document reflecting the issues and concerns of the world's women at the end of the last century.
The document is known as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Equality, Development and Peace (BPfA).