Opening day session of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing: UN Photo/Milton Grant
Opening day session of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing: UN Photo/Milton Grant

Four world conferences on women convened by the United Nations in the past quarter of a century have been instrumental in elevating the cause of gender equality to the very centre of the global agenda.

The conferences have united the international community behind a set of common objectives with an effective plan of action for the advancement of women everywhere, in all spheres of public and private life.