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Beijing Women’s Conference Makes Significant Headway

A committee of the U.N. Fourth World Women’s Conference passed an agreement Sunday night which acknowledges women’s right to control their sexuality and sexual relations. The committee’s wording added that women should enjoy this right, “free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” The passage of the resolution represents a victory for women activists and the most significant resolution passed thus far at the conference. All 189 nations present at the conference must now approve the agreement; but, because most countries were already represented in the committee, its passage is virtually assured.

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New York Times, Sept. 11, 1995 - A12

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