A Fifth World Conference of Women: game changer for peace

- A statement by Patricia Smith Melton

Editor’s Note: Thousands of women gathering to make the world a better place you got a problem with that? You might think some people do if you look at the timeline for the UN-sponsored World Conferences on Women: 1975 (Mexico), 1980 (Copenhagen), 1985 (Nairobi) . . . 1995 (Beijing) . . . and then?? No wonder the crescendo is swelling for a 2015 conference, 5WCW to its friends. Be one! Our founder Patricia Smith Melton explains why and how.


The reasons for a Fifth World Conference of Women (5WCW) on the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing conference are many. Primary is that peace — global, regional, and local — requires women front, center, and at its core. It is women who create peace on the ground. Women are also needed at the tables of negotiation and to implement peace accords. Women’s knowledge, tenacity, ways of doing things, creativity, and flexibility are required to reach sustainable agreements between conflicted parties and to make the substantive changes that benefit everyone.

On International Women’s Day, March 8, the President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Mr. Nassir Ab...convening a Fifth World Conference. Their announcement said it is “high time that a world conference is convened, more so because the world is going through enormous changes on all fronts having both positive and other implications for women.”

The next step to make 5WCW real is for a Member State, or cluster of Member States, of the UN to propose the conference for consideration and vote by the other members. As of this writing that step has not happened, though many nations’ representatives are in discussions about it.

Now I’m going to bring you — and I mean YOU — into the process of creating the next 5WCW.  Read the entire article here.

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