• This data sheet also in French and Spanish.

(March 2005) This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, when governments and women’s rights activists from around the globe met to call for the advancement and empowerment of girls and women. Since that time, gathering data about women—especially about their health, education, and political and economic status—has become a central part of efforts to monitor progress on the Beijing plan of action. These data have also become critical for monitoring the gender equality and health goals of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, forged by world leaders in 2000.

To contribute to these monitoring efforts, this year’s Women of Our World 2005 data sheet, the fourth edition published by the Population Reference Bureau since 1995, provides updated estimates on women’s status and progress in reproductive health, education, work, and public life.