“Women Challenging Globalization” is a gender perspective on the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development, March 18-22, 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Over the past 30 years, women have participated in and organized at United Nations international conferences to promote the advancement and rights of women—from the First World Conference on Women in Mexico City in 1975, through the second in Copenhagen (1980) and third in Nairobi (1985), to the fourth in Beijing in 1995. At these conferences, women provided testimony, analyses, proposals, solutions and enormous energy. We focused public attention on diverse women’s economic, social, environmental and political circumstances, and secured political commitments from governments and international institutions to provide redress.
The United Nations’ recent examination of issues related to financing for development culminated in March 2002 with the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico. Beginning with the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), diverse women from around the world, deploying joint strategies, gained formal recognition of their crucial role in achieving development that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.