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  • Confucius (551-475 BC)

    Confucius_250.jpg The United Nations convened the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, bringing together 50,000 men and women from 189 countries and ending with the adoption of a Declaration and Platform for Action. The Platform identified 12 critical areas of concern regarding women’s participation in all spheres of public and private life. Three previous world conferences on women, Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985) greatly enhanced international awareness of women’s concerns and created invaluable links between national women’s movements and the international community. The Beijing conference focused on the cross-cutting issues of equality, development and peace and analyzed them from a development perspective.

    The Confucius medal was issued in 1995 to mark UNESCO’s participation at this conference. The obverse side bears an engraving by Elizabeth Pectorin based on a 1771 portrait of the Chinese philosopher by French missionaries in China. (It is today found in the archives of the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris.) The inscription reads Confucius, 551-479 av. JC (551-479 BC), with the philosopher’s name also in Chinese. The reverse features the UNESCO logo.

    Available in gold, silver and bronze

    Photo © UNESCO/N. Burke



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