Canada and the Beijing Conference on Women
264 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 2002
Release Date:01 Jul 2001
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Canada and the Beijing Conference on Women

Governmental Politics and NGO Participation

UBC Press

This book examines the process by which Canada’s policies forthe Fourth World Conference on Women were formulated: a process thatinvolved federal government officials from some twenty departments,provincial representatives, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)from across Canada.

Riddell-Dixon relates the findings of her study to two broadconcerns in the literature on Canadian foreign policy-making. First,she assesses the relative importance of developments in theinternational arena on the one hand, and of domestic pressures on theother in determining foreign policy.

Secondly, she considers the effectiveness of government efforts todemocratize foreign policy. Canada and the Beijing Conference onWomen concludes by offering some points for NGOs to consider whendeveloping lobbying strategies, as well as points for governmentofficials to take into account when considering measures to facilitateNGO participation in the policy-making processes for future worldconferences. Full of interviews with the key players involved, thisbook will interest scholars in Canadian foreign policy, women’sstudies, public policy, as well as diplomats and public servants.

Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon is an associate professor inthe Department of Political Science at the University of WesternOntario, and author of Canada and the International Seabed:Domestic Determinants and External Constraints.



1. Introduction

2. The Road to Beijing

3. Governmental Politics

4. Nongovernmental Organizations

5. Canadian Delegation

6. Canadian NGOs at the International

7. Canada and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

8. Building on the Past, Looking to the Future


i. Membership on the Canadian Beijing Facilitating Committee

ii. Membership on the Canadian Preparatory Committee

iii. Areas of Responsibility for Individual Members ofCanada’s Negotiating Team at the Fourth World Conference onWomen

iv. Canadian NGOs Accredited to the Fourth World Conference onWomen

v. Those Receiving Government Funding to Attend the 1995 New YorkPreparatory Meetings

vi. Those Receiving Government Funding to Attend the NGO Forum onWomen ’95

List of Interviewees




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