Respectable Madam Chairperson, Representatives of the Conference, Ladies and
In this most beautiful autumn season, we welcome in Beijing the opening of the
fourth World Conference on Women, the largest and one of the most important
international meetings of its kind in world history.
3．联合国 185 个成员国的代表、联合国组织和个区域性国际组织的代表，以及 2000 多个非政府组
一起创造和分享 21 世纪的和平与繁荣。
Representatives from 185 UN member states, from the United Nations and
international organizations of various regions, as well as from over 2000 non-
governmental groups, gather together to make a solemn promise that they will
take rapidly action to eliminate discrimination against women, so that they can
quickly join with men to create and share peace and prosperity of the 21th century.
Equality between men and women is fully justified.
Back in the early days of human history, women and men jointly built their
homelands, shared wild fruits and trophies and brought up the younger generation.
However, for many centuries women were denied the basic right to equality with
men, and deprived of their dignity and the decision-making power over affairs of
the state and of the family.
The world has long been under control of men.
Regarded unfortunately as second-class citizens, women are frequently subject to
discrimination, violence and humiliation.
However, things will eventually return to their original nature.
Today, equality between men and women is generally recognized as a basic
human right by the international community and has been written into the Charter
of the United Nations.
Over the past half century, intuitive men and courageous women across the world
have made tremendous efforts and, to a large extent, successfully in enabling
females, who make up half of humanity, to regain equal rights with men.
进程，使全世界男男女女能作为平等的伙伴共同步入 21 世纪。
We place our hope on the current World Conference on Women because it will
take more effective steps to speed up the process of enhancing the status of
women worldwide, so that men and women across the world will enter the 21st
century in equal partnership.
We place the hope on the current World Conference on Women because we are
convinced this conference will promote mutual understanding and friendly exchanges
between various nations, particularly between women, so that countries around world
will also share the partnership.