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Milestones in the United Nations support of women's rights


1975  
First UN World Conference for the Advancement of Women took place in Mexico. The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) was born at this conference.
1979  
  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the General Assembly.
1980  
  Second World Conference on Women held in Copenhagen.
1985  
  Third UN World Conference on Women held in Nairobi. 15,000 women from every region of the world celebrate a decade of efforts towards the advancement of women.
1992  
  UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) recognizes the key role of women in the preservation and management of the environment.
1993  
  World Conference on Human Rights, in Vienna, integrates violence against women and other women's issues into the overall human rights agenda.
1995  
  Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing, adopts a Platform for Action.
1999  
  UN General Assembly adopts 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The November date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic.
2000  
  UN General Assembly Special Session, "Women 2000: Gender, Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century." More than 180 nations gather to assess how far the world has come in achieving the goals of gender equality that were agreed upon in the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Millennium Summit in New York is attended by over 150 world leaders who sign the Millennium Declaration and commit to adopting the Millennium Development Goals, including the goal to promote gender equality and empower women.

2001  
  The Millennium Peace Prize for Women is launched on International Women's Day by UNIFEM and International Alert to honour the indispensable contributions women have made to resolving and preventing conflicts.

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