Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:00 AM
In September 1995, representatives of 189 governments and more than 2,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met in Beijing, China, to create a new agenda for women's empowerment and equality. The official conference and parallel NGO forum were the largest in U.N. history, attracting over 50,000 participants and observers. The conference also produced the Beijing Platform for Action, which still stands as the most wide-reaching international commitment to women's rights. I.M.O.W. Global Council member Patricia Licuanan served as chairperson of the main committee of the Beijing conference, which drafted the platform for action. Licuanan is president of Miriam College in the Philippines.