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September-11-95

Commitment to Implementing Platform for Action

As of September 11, 1995, 109 governments have addressed the official meeting at the Fourth World Conference about the commitments they will take home with them. Of these, 47 have made specific commitments to implement the conference recommendations.

Australia will introduce a new health program for indigenous women. Cambodia will ensure gender parity in peace negotiations and conflict resolution bodies. Fiji will ensure 50% participation of women in all government appointments. India will increase national investment in education to 6% of its Gross National Product, and will focus on girls' education. Turkey will extend compulsory primary education from 5 to 8 years. The Ukraine will create a national family planning program, and the US will launch a six year initiative against domestic violence.

An advisory about the commitments by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) found that the majority of commitments made were in the areas of economic empowerment, women's advancement and in health. Areas in which commitments were lacking were in media, the environment and armed conflict.

Media Resources: Christine Onyango