|International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994)|
The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD or Cairo), convened under the auspices of the United Nations, took place in Cairo, Egypt, September 5-13, 1994. During the conference, a twenty-year Programme of Action was developed.
IWHC recognized that ICPD offered a rare opportunity for public
acknowledgment of the growing strength and capacity of the
international women's health movement. The conference presented women's
organizations with a chance to make their mark as players in the world
community, and to shape the values, design, and direction of population
policies into the twenty-first century. With our Brazilian colleague Cidadania Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação,
IWHC organized an international conference to help prepare for ICPD.
The 215 women who gathered at this preparatory conference in Rio
generated a 21-point statement to ensure that women's perspectives and
experiences were considered and acted upon at ICPD. Throughout the
year, IWHC facilitated the participation of reproductive health
advocates by funding 85 colleagues to attend a preparatory meeting at
UN Headquarters in New York and ICPD itself.