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The First Global Congress of Women in Politics was held on 6 September 1995 at the Huairou NGO Forum alongside the UN Fourth World Conference on Women.
In preparation for this event, the following Regional Congresses of Women in Politics were held also at Huairou, People's Republic of China:
- Asia-Pacific (31 August - 1 September)
- North America and Europe (31 August - 1 September)
- Latin America and the Caribbean (2-3 September)
- Africa (3-4 September)
Participants to these regional congresses met to share the state of women's political participation in their respective countries and to brainstorm on their common goals as well as strategies in order to promote women's increased access to leadership and decision-making. They then brought their output to the Global Congress to share it with participants from other regions. At the end of the day, the participants to the Global Congress came up with a statement that was read during the UN Fourth World Conference on Women's plenary session on Women in Decision Making.
The participants to the Global Congress of Women in Politics also decided to have another Congress and asked CAPWIP to be the interim secretariat with Remedios Rikken (who is a CAPWIP Board Member) to serve as its interim president until a formal set of officers will be elected during the Second Global Congress.
You can read more about CAPWIP and its part in the First and Second Congresses on our Origins page.
Khunying Supatra Masdit, Convener of the NGO Forum on Women and CAPWIP Board Member reads the Statement from the Global Network of Women in Politics during the plenary session on Women in Decision Making at 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women. Beside her is Patricia Licuanan, Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
About the Global Network of Women in Politics
Statement from the Global Network of Women in Politics
Highlights of the Regional Congresses of Women in Politics
Africa Congress of Women in Politics
Second Asia- Pacific Congress of Women in Politics
Latin America and the Caribbean Congress of Women in Politics
North America and Europe Congress of Women in Politics
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