After five days of marathon meetings, thousands of women - and a handful of men - managed to produce a new blueprint aimed at improving women's lives. But it was a close call. The majority of the 10,000 participants gathered had all but given up hope that an agreement would be reached. The occasion was a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, held June 5 to 9 in New York, and dedicated
to assessing women's progress in the five years since the last major conference was held in Beijing, China.